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New commercial 'green' number plates from 1 January 2021: Only trucks with test drive plate fall outside scope of kilometer charge in Belgium

BRUSSELS, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- From 1 January 2021, the kilometer charge must be paid for Heavy Goods Vehicles with a maximum permitted weight of over 3.5 tons and semi-trailer towing vehicles of category N1 with body code BC when they are driven in Belgium with a V professional plate, a Z dealer plate or a UA national plate. On public roads, they must be driven with an On Board Unit (OBU) switched on. HGVs and semi-trailer towing vehicles with a Y test drive plate are excluded from the kilometer charge, provided that very specific conditions are met.On 1 January, the amended legislation on Belgian commercial a?? the so-called 'green' a?? number plates will come into force. Four new number plates will be introduced to replace the current ZZ test drive plates and Z dealer plates: a professional plate, a dealer plate, a test drive plate and a national plate. The four plates have a white background and a moss green letter-number combination.What is important for owners of trucks with a maximum permitted weight of over 3.5 tons and semi-trailer towing vehicles of category N1 with body code BC is the impact that the new regulations will have on the kilometer charge for trucks. From 1 January, only trucks with a test drive plate will not be subject to the kilometer charge. Trucks with one of the other three number plates will be required to have an activated OBU on board on Belgian roads.The test drive plate falls outside the scope of the kilometer chargeThe new test drive plate will be valid for one year, from 1 January to 31 December. It is intended for test drives with a view to European or national approval of vehicles, systems, components and technical units of vehicles. It starts with a Y, followed by three letters and three numbers. Manufacturers, research centers of higher education institutions, organizers of test drives with autonomous vehicles and companies that perform tests on components or systems will be able to apply for the test drive plate.
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