The mobile application “My technical control” was launched on Friday, on the sidelines of the Brussels Motor Show. Developed by Goca, the group of approved car control companies and driver’s license, it aims to help motorists come in good time to their cars’ check-ups.
In 2018, 4,859,646 vehicles were inspected in Belgium and no less than 17.30% of them (840,541) were late for the mandatory periodic inspection, ie almost one in five. Of these, 61.43% were less than a month late, and 8.62% more than six months. If the rate is 19.47% in Wallonia and 15.22% in Flanders, in Brussels more than a quarter (26.70%) of vehicles were inspected on time .
The mobile app, available on the Apple Store and Google Play, warns vehicle owners when he due date is approaching. It also offers valuable tips on how to avoid queues.
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For a vehicle that is late for inspection, the right to a waived fee is automatically lost and an additional fee of up to 28,80 euros is added, stated the Brussels Secretary of State for Road Safety, Bianca Debaets (CD & V), who supported the initiative.
In addition to the risk of receiving a heavy police fine, it is especially the risk of not being covered by the insurance, because if in the event of an accident, a cause-and-effect relationship is established with the technical condition of the vehicle, the insurer may assert its right of appeal and will not cover the costs.