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2,300 Brussels residents swap their car for sustainable transport options

09:49 06/04/2023

More than 2,300 Brussels residents have successfully applied for the region's Bruxell’Air premium, allowing them to trade in their car for sustainable transport options such as bike-sharing, ride-sharing and a public transport season ticket.

The programme’s budget has now been increased from €750,000 to €3 million, partly financed under the European recovery plan.

The number of applicants has tripled compared with the previous year, which Brussels minister for climate transition and the environment Alain Maron attributed to the scheme’s expansion away from offering participants a Stib season ticket or financial assistance in buying a bike and towards a wider range of environmentally friendly transport options.

Applicants choosing to give up their cars will now have access to a subscription to the Villo! bike-sharing system, a subscription and a budget for the Cambio car-sharing system and a Modalizy Flex card - an all-in-one mobility package - among other options.

Maron said that 60% of the premiums were awarded to low-income households or to a person with a disability.

“Together with my colleague Elke Van den Brandt, who is responsible for mobility, we will look at how we can further improve the impact of this premium as an instrument for a just transition, while continuing to invest massively in all alternatives to the private car”, Maron said

Details of how to apply for the Bruxell'Air premium can be found on the Brussels Environment website.

Written by Paul Millar