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    Say farewell to your car

    Hooked on your own car? There are plenty of alternatives. 

    Cambio car sharing

    With Cambio you subscribe to a fleet (you can drive cars all over Belgium) which includes various types of cars. Cambio takes care of everything: fuel, maintenance and insurance.

    • How? You rent the car for one hour, a few hours, a day or longer. You pick up the car in one of the stations and return it at the end of the ride. 
    • Where? There are cambio stations near the three VUB campuses (see map).
    • Cost? Dependent on the formula that best suits your usage. 

    Drive Now

    DriveNow is the so-called free-floating car sharing. It means that cars don’t have a fixed pick-up point. You look online for the nearest Drive Now car available and you book and drive within a determined zone in Brussels.

    • With DriveNow you’ll have access to 310 cars in Brussels
    • You rent a car exactly for the time you need it: you pay per minute of use or you take a package when planning to drive several hours.
    • How? You book a car via the DriveNow app
    • Where? Cars are everywhere in the Brussels zone. Drive Now cars can be left at all legal public parking places. The VUB is a private terrain, therefore, you cannot leave the car on campus.
    • Cost? 33ct-36ct/min: all costs included.
    • More information >>>

    Free floating scooter-sharing

    In Brussels there are free floating electric scooter-sharing systems available. You can now trace, book and ride an electric scooter with an app. You need to have a driver's licence for a car or moped to use these scooters.

     

    Taxi

    You can request or take a taxi at one of the stops or you can hail a taxi if you are more than 100m away.

    You can find a list of licensed taxi companies in Brussels online (website available in Dutch and French only). You will also find an indication of the rates.

    If you travel within the Brussels Capital Region, between 11 PM and 6 AM you can also use Collecto app.

    Night-time collective taxi

    Collecto is a network of collective night-taxis in Brussels, available from 11 PM until 6 AM.

    • How does it work? The the taxi departs from a fixed stop (see map), on the hour and on the half hour. The taxis can drop you off at any address within Brussels.
    • How to book? Through the application on your smartphone or by phone (30 minutes in advance, +32 2 800 36 36)
    • First reservation? Reserve your ride at least 20 minutes prior to your preferred departure. 
    • Cost? €6 per person or €5 with a MOBIB-card. 
    • More information? Check the folder. 

    VUB carpool database

    A kilometer with the car can easily cost you €0,34. Sharing your ride can save you a lot of money. As compensation we suggest €0,08 per kilometer, for detours €0,21 per kilometer.

    Insurance: no worries

    Your passengers are insured by the own car insurance for physical damage in an accident during a carpool ride, also for the detours for a carpooler. Therefore carpooling does not require any additional insurance. Material damage is covered by the own comprehensive insurance. If a passenger accidentally damages the car, the family insurance can offer a solution.

    For more information, please contact the Mobility Manager.

    Renting a vehicle at the VUB fleet (only for student organisations)

    Student organisations at the VUB can rent a VUB vehicle. You can find an overview of the vehicles on the website of facility management.

    How?

    Click on the reservation button on the left of the webpage to check the availability and book your vehicle.

    You will need an internal PKC account number. You can ask the BSG to book the vehicle via their account number.

    If your booking was approved by the fleet manager, you will receive an e-mail.

    Parking on campus

    Parking is only allowed in the designated places. You can find indoor parkings in nearly all buildings. 

    Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus

    • Access only for students, staff and VUB visitors
    • License plate recognition is currently out of order. During the academic year 2019-2020 a new access system will be installed on campus.
    • Parking spots for motorcycles: parking garage I, near the entrance of building Kb

    Brussels Health Campus

    • Access through the a badge/parking card.
    • How to request access? Via the online form.

    Brussels Technology Campus (Anderlecht)

    • Access with a parking ticket (which is also your copy card)
    • How to request access? Purchase a parking ticket/copy card at the campus library (€5).

    Troubles starting your car?


    The VUB-security can jump-start your vehicle

    Low Emission Zone

    Important message for drivers of old diesel cars in Brussels! From October onwards you can get a fine for not being compliant to the new Low Emission Zone regulations.

    LEZ stands for "Low Emission Zone". The term is used to designate where polluting vehicles are not allowed to drive in a given city, or areas of that city. It is one of the measures taken in numerous European cities and in Flanders to improve air quality and consequently public health.

    Since January 2018, the LEZ has been introduced in the Brussels Region. For 2018, the first fines for non-compliancy will be issued from October 2018.

    In which areas of Brussels is the LEZ implemented?

    The entire territory of the Brussels-Capital Region is covered by the LEZ (all 19 municipalities), although the Ring (R0) is not affected. However, certain streets allow access to particular car parks. The Brussels Health Campus, the Brussels Humanities, Science en Engineering, the Brussels City Campus and the Brussels technology campus are located in the LEZ. More info

    Which vehicles are affected?

    Since January 2019, diesel vehicles with EURO 2-standard, EURO 1-standard and no EURO-standard and petrol vehicles with EURO 1-standard and no EURO standard are not allowed to drive in Brussels. Stepwise, the access criteria will evolve. More info on which vehicles are affected

    I have a vehicle which is registered abroad, does the LEZ apply to me?

    YES, passenger cars, vans (<3.5 ton), minibuses and buses/coaches which were registered abroad must meet the criteria for access to the LEZ. 

    However, vehicles registered abroad requiring access and meeting the access criteria must be registered before entering the Brussels region. Registration is therefore compulsory and free of charge.

    Pollution alerts in Brussels

    The Brussels-Capital Region has drawn up an emergency plan for periods of poor air quality.

    Throughout the year

    Although pollution peaks occur more frequently in winter, the emergency plan may be in force throughout the year during periods of poor air quality. This allows to take pollution peaks in spring into account, caused by traffic and agriculture during the spreading period.

    3 pollution concentration thresholds

    The new emergency plan includes 3 pollution concentration thresholds with different impacts on mobility in the Brussels-Capital Region.

    Threshold 0 = information and awareness threshold

    When this pollution threshold is exceeded for two or more consecutive days, measures will be taken to restrict the use of vehicles and encourage alternatives.

    Threshold 1

    When this pollution threshold is exceeded, speed limits for vehicles are introduced and measures are taken to promote alternative modes of transport (including making STIB and Villo! free of charge).

    Threshold 2

    When this pollution threshold is exceeded, a car ban is introduced throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.

    What can you do?

    1. Make sure you are aware of pollution alerts. Download the new app "Brussels Air" to stay informed about the current air quality and alarm situations. Allow the app to send notifications.

    Also highly recommended if you sport outdoor during a pollution peak: search for a location with better air quality via the app or postpone outdoor sports for a few days.

    2. Draw up your personal plan B (in advance).

    • If you carpool with 3 persons, drive electric or on hydrogen, you can continue to use the car, even at threshold 2. You can offer your ride here:
    • If you live in the neighbourhood, you can take the bicycle when the thresholds are exceeded. There are fewer cars on the road and they drive more slowly. Choose low-traffic routes, there the pollution is less. Request free bicycle equipment from the GreenTeamVUB at greenteam@vub.ac.be
    • Public transport continues to operate and STIB is free from threshold 1.