From 1st of July 2018 a driver caught in Belgium with more than 1.8 per mille alcohol in the blood will be forced to used an alcolock for a minimum of one year, costing 3,400 euro annually. Repeat offenders, caught within three years with 1.2 per mille, will also be forced to install an alcolock. The Belgian federal parliament voted through the new amendments in February.
The alcolock has been available as a punishment since 2012, but police judges hesitated to enforce it because of being ‘too expensive and too easy to get around’. Between 2012 and 2017 the alcohol lock was imposed in only 53 cases. As from July 1st the judges will be forced to impose it in the most severe cases. There are some exceptions though. Bus and truck drivers will get the alcolock in their personal car and can continue to do their job without it in the bus or truck. Every driver has the choice to turn in his driver’s license for the period, if he doesn’t have the money to pay for the alcolock.