Kilometre fee for heavy goods vehicles
Owners of certain types of heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s) must pay a kilometre charger if they want to drive on motorways and on some regional and municipal roads in Belgium.
The kilometre fee is calculated by an in-car device known as ‘On Board Unit’ (OBU). The OBU registers how many kilometres you drove by means of a GPS-technology. As of now, two service providers (Satellic and Axxès) are in charge of the installation and the exploitation of OBUs but other providers may be added in the future.
And other taxes?
- In Belgium, the kilometre fee replaces the Eurovignette for HGV’s. In the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark and Sweden, you still need a Eurovignette to transport heavy goods.
- Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of between 3.5 and 12 tons are only subject to the kilometre fee and no longer to road tax.
- Vehicles with a GVW of more than 12 tons are still subject to the annual road tax for vehicles requiring prior registration in addition to the kilometre charge.
Vehicles subject to the kilometer charge
A pulling vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) determines whether this vehicle is subject to the kilometre fee or not.
The following HGV’s are subject to the kilometre fee:
- all HGV’s with a GVW of more than 3.5 tons;
- semitrailer towing vehicles of under or equal to 3.5 tons GVW with a body code BC.
All vehicles subject to the kilometre fee must be equipped with a switched-on OBU (On Board Unit) on all Belgian roads. You also must mention the right Euro emission norm in your OBU. If you do not do so, a fine can be levied.
All Belgian toll roads are highlighted on maps available on the Viapass website.
Certain categories of vehicles are entitled to an exemption from the kilometre fee: vehicles used exclusively by the army, civil defence, fire department and police; vehicles especially and exclusively equipped for medical purposes; vehicles used exclusively for agriculture, horticulture, fish farming and forestry.
Exemption is not automatic: the vehicle’s owner has to submit an application to be exempted from the kilometre fee.
Vehicles not subject to the kilometer charge
Some vehicles of more than 3.5 tons are not subject to the kilometre fee:
- machinevehicles to the extent that they do not transport goods, such as cranes, telehandlers / lifts, excavators, bulldozers, concrete pumps without mixer, dumpers;
- vehicles with a test drive license plate type ZZ;
- oldtimer vehicles with a 0-license plate;
- training vehicles insofar they meet the following conditions:
- they have dual controls in the cabin
- they carry no goods (except for educational purposes, such as concrete blocks)
- they are externally recognizable by the name “driving school” on the cabin
- they are registered in the name of a driving school or a social fund for Transportation and Logistics.
Vehicles which are not subject to the kilometre fee do not have to be equipped with an OBU.
Service provider Satellic
For more information, check the Satellic website.
Service provider Axxès
For more information, check the Axxès website.
On Board Unit (OBU)
- At Satellic, you have to pay a caution fee of 135 euros, but you get a total refund if you return the device in undamaged shape.
At Axxès, different formulas exist.
- The use of an OBU as such is free.
Applicable rates in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia can be found on the Viapass website.