Texting in the car will cost you your driving license in Belgium. Just buy a car kit to avoid a hard punishment.
je smartphone use while driving is in principle not allowed anywhere. After all, it is life-threatening and yet we all do it from time to time. In East Flanders, Belgium, they have now devised a way to vigorously combat apps in the car. Make sure you absolutely do not have a smartphone in your hand while driving in the country!
Belgium punishes app in car harshly
The use of smartphones in the car has increased considerably in recent years, according to the Flemish Public Prosecution Service† That is why agents can now take the driver’s license from an append driver!
Anyone who uses a mobile device while driving without it being secured in a holder intended for that purpose risks the immediate withdrawal of the driver’s license for a period of eight days.
So forget a simple fine. They are very natural, but at least you can get on with your day. Anyone caught in Belgium while texting in the car without a holder is not allowed to drive for a maximum of eight days.
Imagine having to sit in the car for work; that means taking public transport to work for a good week or worse, taking a good week of unpaid leave because you can no longer deliver packages, for example.
Public prosecutor East Flanders reports that one in eight fatal cases in Belgium has to do with apps in the car. This would result in 50 deaths and 4,500 injuries every year.