From July, the diesel particulate filters will be systematically checked.

The three regions have agreed to jointly introduce systematic monitoring of the performance of the particulate filter on diesel vehicles which undergo an annual vehicle inspection.

By July 1, 2022, the control centers will be equipped with a particle counter device to which diesel vehicles (cars and light commercial and light transport vehicles) will be subjected.

This makes Belgium a pioneer in Europe in the fight against particle filter fraud, rejoice the three ministers – Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) for Brussels, Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) for Flanders and Valérie De Bue ( MR) for Wallonia.

Until now, however, the technical control centers that use opacimeters did not have the equipment to detect the absence or malfunction of the particulate filter. This will soon be a thing of the past and the coordinated approach of the three Regions will avoid the “shopping for technical control” since each driver can contact the control center of his choice. In a first phase, say the three ministers, all vehicles and vans equipped with a diesel engine of the Euro 5b standard and more recent (which must therefore be equipped with a filter) will be checked. Ultimately, they want to study the extension of the measure to trucks, buses and gasoline vehicles.

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