November 7, 2023
The 19 Brussels municipalities are considering imposing a tax not only on users, but also on operators of charging stations for electric cars.
Many electric charging stations will soon be added in the Brussels Region. Brussels Environment Minister Alain Maron (Ecolo) is planning 11,000 additional poles in the region by 2035. Next year, the grid operator Sibelga will coordinate the installation of 1,200 charging points.
The conference of mayors of the 19 Brussels municipalities gave the green light in June to introduce a rotation rate. This tax should encourage drivers to move their car as soon as it is charged and maximize use per charging station. Once all technical details have been clarified, that rate can be introduced in the course of 2024.
At the same time, the mayors are examining the possibility of taxing the operators of charging stations. Several municipalities are calling for such a tax because the poles take up public space. In addition, there are complaints from residents about the charging stations.
The Brussels Region was initially reluctant to accept the plan for fear of different rates within the territory, which would cause people with an e-car to charge in a particular municipality depending on the price.
The charging infrastructure task force, which brings together representatives from the various authorities, is now proposing a common tax regulation with identical amounts in the 19 municipalities. Operators must pay an annual flat-rate tax per charging point, based on consumption. If the mayors approve the plan, they must measure the consumption per charging station annually to determine the tax for the following year.