Does anyone recall the saying “Do a job properly – do it once” or “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well?” or “Cheapest is often most expensive in the long-term”.

This week’s blog is a short one… and it’s as a concerned motorist and user of Belgium’s motorways.

We’re not into ‘Belgian Bashing’ or ever want to go down that route, the country has a lot to offer in our opinion, you just have to be prepared, like anywhere, to go find and explore.

So, what’s the beef here on this blog? We’ll cut to the chase…

Firstly, we hear that Belgium, in a recent news story earlier this year, said they were considering imposing a foreign vehicle levy / charge / toll for using Belgium’s motorway network. In itself, that’s something radical to want to tackle, let alone administer…

However, whilst improvement works are being done on the road networks, which if you use said roads, you’ll know they do need it, especially after such a wet, frosty, cold, snowy and generally prolonged winter; but what we don’t get is how they’ve done the repairs… they make no sense whatsoever.

Take a closer look… have you observed any?

When a road crumbles and breaks up, especially down the centre lines, the aggregate comes loose and then the pot holes develop as the stones get thrown out of their once snug home, water gets in and the bitumen breaks-down and we’re left with mini craters if not attended to.

So, what the heck is going on when 100 metres of inside carriageway gets repaired, but the government’s road ministry and the contractor just leave 40 metres in the next lane with large chunks missing that will evidently mean:

– Wasted money on the need to send crews out again to do more lane closures
– Wasted fuel, and road user time spent in jams
– Wasted tax payers money as if the other bits literally surrounding the first repair were done at the same time, the cost to do the job would work out as an economic saving
So, whilst we now have a few patches of nice resurfaced carriageway across the country, immediately in the next lane or offset for example, we’re still going to be faced with flat tyres, cracked alloy wheels potentially as some of these holes are monstrous,

What’s going on? Someone, stand-up, explain and be accountable. This is ludicrous.


From Annoyed, frustrated and concerned tax payer of Belgium!

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