Today the government of Flanders imposed another “Smog alert”, atleast until tomorrow evening.


What is this, you might ask?When the amount of fine dust in the air exceeds the european limit (40 µg/m³), a speed limit of 90 kph is imposed on certain roads, to reduce this.

As posted by Wim in this post (in dutch), about the smog-alert end of 2007, this is actually quite moot – you drive less fast for 3-4 days in a year, but keep polluting the same all the other days. It’s also only mandatory in flanders, not in wallonia (go figure).

Also, completely accidental, the amount of speed-checks increases tenfold, and there’s the zero-tolerance.

I do agree that we need to do something about this problem – but not the short half-assed “solution” our government imposes (drive slower for 2 days) which only serves to increase their revenue through speeding tickets – but a real structural solution. Like:

  • higher taxes on the polluting cars
  • promoting the ecologically sound cards
  • making public transport usable for more people

I’m sure there are a lot more options, but these would be a start…

Insurance – part 2

I do hate insurance companies.

Seems now the offer they made me was wrong, since I’ve driven leasing cars all my life, and so they can’t note me down as being a takeover of a contract. Hence, you end up in a more expensive scale. Oh well, It’s signed, the offer is still the best one I got.

I’ve got my temporary green card even! :D and the license plates have been requested and should be here by monday!



After passing by some companies with car insurance, I can now say that I has decided! I’ve asked for the final papers to be made up so I can sign and get the plates.

What a difference in prices though – the one I’m signing for is in the lower end, the higher end of the quotes I got was 2.5x as expensive!!

Mad dash

Today the 100 meters mad dash started to get all the paperwork in order for my too early delivered Prius.


  • Get certificates from previous leasing firms
  • Get insurance
  • Get licenseplate
  • Get parking card

(I need the certificates to be able to get my insurance at a lower tarif)

Fun fun :p