SNCT : Technical inspection price
Many ACL members are protesting against the significant tariff increase announced by the SNCT for technical inspection. And they are right, because this significant increase in prices (after an increase in 2016), even if it was decided by a public limited company for commercial reasons, bears a clearly political imprint.
Despite the liberalisation of technical inspection and the arrival of another player on the market, the SNCT is not a commercial company like the others, since it remains largely in the hands of the government. Even if the price increase is a decision taken in response to the market situation and the costs faced by the SNCT, the ACL notes that:
- This economic need for the SNCT to increase prices is not sudden. However, it was ostensibly postponed until after the parliamentary elections.
- As a result, this decision has a clear political connotation and confirms the government's desire to discourage motoring by increasing its costs, even before it has implemented effective alternatives for the greatest number of people.
- The importance of the increase is also questionable because, if the last increase in 2016 had been accompanied by measures that brought about a visible improvement in the service, such as the digitalisation of appointment scheduling and better organisation, no qualitative leap in the offer over the last twelve months justifies such an increase.
The ACL reminds that the technical inspection of vehicles is not a choice but an obligation for owners. However, at present, and despite the liberalisation of the market, there are only two players in Luxembourg. The ACL hopes that the government will not put obstacles in the way of any additional players wishing to access this market.
In view of the current lack of alternatives to cars for a large number of users and pending the implementation of the announced options, the ACL calls on the government not to continue to penalise motorists and to suspend any additional increase that would most severely affect those who cannot afford to change vehicles (to avoid technical inspection for four years or to receive a bonus for the purchase of a vehicle considered environmentally friendly) or the means to avoid them (working hours or work that does not allow public transport to be used). Motorists, particularly through excise duties and motorway vehicle tax, are already making a very active contribution to the development of mobility in Luxembourg.
The ACL expects clear statements from the government in this regard.