Cycle shops lobby against end of Dutch company bike scheme

Cycle shops lobby against end of Dutch company bike scheme

26th September 2014, Comments 2 comments

Bicycle shops have started a campaign to keep the tax break that cyclists get if they have a company bike, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

At the moment, employers can give their workers a tax-free new bike with a value of up to EUR 749 every three years, but the cabinet is halting the scheme next year.

Instead, company bikes will be included in a new work-related deductible of up to 1.2 percent of gross salary, but will have to compete with company outings, Christmas hampers and work social events.

200,000 bikes

Bike shops say the change will mean the end of the successful company bike scheme.

The RAI road users' association estimates 200,000 bikes are bought under the scheme every year. ‘We are lobbying hard,’ spokesman Harald Bresser told the Volkskrant.

A finance ministry spokesman told the paper the cabinet is continuing to promote the use of company bikes but that the new system will give employers greater flexibility to decide what to buy for their staff.

One in four workers currently uses a bike to commute.

 

© DutchNews.nl

2 Comments To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 1st October 2014, 16:16:06 - Reply

    I guess that the Coalition Motto must be "If it ain't broke, fix it anyway!"
    All it can do is copy the Depression oriented policies that Germany continues to force-feed down the other Member States throats. Such extreme austerity and Social Darwinism policies have continuously worsened this never ending financial and leadership crisis. The amount of pain and suffering that these policies have caused on the weakest elements of society, the sick and the poor, make one question if there is not an underlying element of sadism at work.
    What the current regime could do is allow bike owners to buy solid rubber tires requiring no inner tubes. I know that city governments in other countries with success use them, but I have yet to find a Dutch ‘fiets’ shop that would sell me one. The senior bike riding public finds it especially hard pressed and pained to pump up bike tires with their various nozzle types that remain a mystery to me and others as to how to keep our bike tires filled with air on a regular basis.
  • carrico posted:

    on 26th September 2014, 13:40:09 - Reply

    Sounds fair if 3 out of 4 don't bike.