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Tax car use by the kilometre, business group says
Car use in Belgium should be taxed by the kilometre and according to the time of day to help reduce traffic jams, two major Belgian business federations have recommended.
The kilometre tax, which already applies to lorries, should be extended to all motor vehicles, according to FEB, the Federation of Belgian Enterprises, and automobile federation Febiac.
"We should be taxing car use rather than car ownership," said Pieter Timmermans, director of the FEB, which estimates that Belgian motorists lose more than a week's work - 44 hours - in traffic jams every year, at an annual cost to the economy of €8 billion.
Febiac, which represents the Belgian automotive sector, has also called for a "smart" tax based not just on distance travelled, but where and at what time of the day.
This would replace the existing system of road tax - and Febiac estimates that it could lead to a 10% reduction in rush-hour traffic.