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Kilometre charging for heavy-goods vehicles

General case

The country’s three regions have drawn up a cooperative agreement concerning the establishment of kilometre charging for heavy-goods vehicles intended for transporting goods.

Based on this agreement, the Walloon Region has, via the Decree of 16 July 2015, established kilometre charging in the form of a fee to be paid by heavy-goods vehicles to use roads.

This usage fee comes into effect from 1 April 2016, replacing the “Eurovignette” (toll sticker).

The charge, management of which is being entrusted to SOFICO, is based on the distance travelled over the road network. The usage fee is due from each owner of a vehicle, intended or used, fully or partially, for transporting goods, with a maximum authorised weight of more than 3.5 tonnes.

The kilometre charge has been established in the form of a tax in Flanders to Brussels, respectively by the decree of 3 July 2015 and the order of 29 July 2015.

For any information concerning the kilometre charge, you can contact the VIAPASS interregional centre, by emailing: contact@viapass.be  or via the website: www.viapass.be

Heavy-goods vehicles subject to the kilometre charge must be fitted by 1 April 2016 with an OBU (On Board Unit).  For more information about how to purchase an OBU, and the terms and conditions regarding this, click on this link.
 

Downloadable documents

 

Exemptions

1-Which vehicles can be exempt ? 

The decree provides for three vehicle categories which can be exempt :
 
1°)  vehicles assigned tasks of general interest and identified as such :
  • vehicles assigned to national defence;
  • vehicles assigned to civil protection services;
  • vehicles assigned to firefighting services;
  • vehicles assigned to public order management services (the police). 
 
2°) vehicles particularly and exclusively equipped for medical purposes and recognisable as such.
 
3°) farming, horticultural or forestry vehicles :
  • which are only used in a limited way on the public highway in Belgium ;
  • and which are exclusively used for the following activities: farming, horticulture, aquaculture and forestry. 
 

In concrete terms, farming, horticultural or forest vehicles, likely to be considered for this exemption, are :

-      Category T : wheel-driven farming or forestry tractors;

-      Category C : tracked farming or forestry tractors;

-      Category R : farming or forestry trailers;

-      Category S : interchangeable towed vehicles.

 

The owner of a vehicle which benefits from the kilometre charge exemption is exempt from being obligated to install an OBU in their vehicle, prior to using any road.
 

 

2- How do I file an exemption request with SOFICO ?

If the registration certificate holder’s address is in Wallonia, an exemption request must be filed with SOFICO. 
 
As regards farming, horticultural or forestry vehicles registered abroad, the request must also be filed with SOFICO.
 
For all other vehicles, please see the VIAPASS website (www.viapass.be/). 
 
Exemption requests which are to be sent to SOFICO must be filed via an online form, to be filled in, by clicking on this link : https://www.exemption.sofico.org/stark-exoneration
 
To complete this document, it is imperative that the requesting person has a scanned copy of the registration certificate (Maximum size: 2MB. Formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .pdf) of the vehicle which is the subject of the request. The person will be asked to attach it to the form when filling it in.
 
So that the conditions provided for by article 9 of the decree are fulfilled, the exemption takes effect on the working day which follows the request, and the benefit of this exemption is maintained for as long as the conditions are fulfilled.
 
Finally, the accuracy of the exemption request can be checked at any time, and any abusive  request is liable to an administrative fine of €1,000.
 
View the legal provisions via this link (Decree of 16 July 2015, establishing kilometre charging in the form of a fee to be paid by heavy-goods vehicles to use roads - Chapter V – Exemptions, article 9.)
 

Protection of Personal data

Personal data relating to natural persons, collected by SOFICO, in the context of filing an application for exemption, and stored in its files, are treated in accordance with the Privacy Act of 8 December 1992 relating to the protection of privacy with respect to the processing of personal data.
 
The aim of the data processing is as follows: recording and updating of a list of exempt vehicles under Article 9 of the Decree of 16 July 2015 introducing the kilometer charge specific to trucks for their use of road infrastructure.
 
Recipients of the data are:
  • SOFICO;
  • The Walloon Region – Directorate-General for Taxation in accordance with Article 9 §5 of the above-mentioned decree is empowered to check the accuracy of the applications for exemption.
  • VIAPASS and SATELLIC, who, under the cooperation agreement between the 3 regions of Belgium, ensure the monitoring of the kilometer-charging system.
 
Any natural person may request that inaccurate data relating to him/her be corrected by contacting SOFICO, at the following email address: exemption@sofico.org