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Fake-car-plate accident


Hi all,
I happened to be hit by a Belgian car. The car fled the scene, I got the number right on a photo only to be told by legal assistance that the plate number has been erased from the Belgian register years ago.
Apparently there are 20.000 cars with forged licence plates in Bxl only. I know the road control in Belgium is a joke as is a licence given to local shoemakers to make car plates ad libitum. My case was not even officialised to be policed! It could be funny in a paralel world (surreal, I guess) and it is a mistery how Belgium gets away with it - if that was 'Buruanda', it would be an atribute of a 'failed state'.
Anything meaningful to draw from this? Any legal safeguard for (remaining) law abiding citizens that I fail to see?


Have you reported the crime to the police?

Sep 15, 2020 09:55
Oppressed in Oppem

You may wish to try the uninsured drivers' association:

They will help where it has not been possible, within two months, to identify the insurer responsible. More info in English here:

There is EU legislation which requires Belgium to put in compensation schemes for cases such as yours. You will however need to be able to provide evidence of the accident.

Sep 15, 2020 19:27

Oppressed in Oppem: This info is golden!

Sep 15, 2020 21:42

Sorry to hear your situation. Hope everything sorts out.

Worth noting is that shoe repairers can only make front plates. The official ones delivered by the state for the rear have a small icon on. So if the other driver stops this is worth checking.

I’m also shocked by the 20,000 false plates. The new gantries that have gone up everywhere with ANR and cameras should be solving this problem.

Sep 17, 2020 00:03