Mobility Budget to be put in place in March
As of March 1st, the long awaited Mobility Budget should become a reality. It still has to be voted by the Social Affairs Commission and in plenary session before company car users are allowed to exchange their car for a less polluting model and devote the rest of the budget to other means of transport or even their rent. The Finance commission hasn’t voted the ‘Cash for Car’ alteration.
It should’ve been put up last October but the Mobility Budget that has been discussed by the government for over a year will finally enter service in March. Yet, it still has to be voted by the Social Affairs Commission and in a plenary session in February.
The text allows employees benefiting from a company car to exchange it for a less polluting model (max 95 g/km of CO2) and to dedicate the freed budget to other clean mobility means. If they live less than five kilometres from their work, the budget can even pay part of their rent or loan.
To be eligible for the Mobility Budget, some conditions are required. Employers need to have had a company car policy for at least 36 months, except for start-ups, and employees must have benefited from a company car for at least 12 months.
Amendments from Cdh and Ecolo
The Cdh wanted the train station’s parking fee to be included in the budget but that hasn’t been voted. Ecolo’s amendments to increase the five kilometres home-work radius to ten has been rejected too. So was its proposal to tax the cash part of the budget as a normal salary. “The text isn’t perfect but there’s been a dialogue between all parts and that makes sense”, declared Ecolo representative, Georges Gilkinet.
No change for ‘Cash for Car’
The new text for the ‘Cash for Car’ measure hasn’t been approved by the Finance commission. Supported by the former majority of the government, that text suggested making the scheme available for those who do not yet have a company car but who are eligible for one.
“This proposition runs counter to the principal of equality and non-discrimination since part of the salary will benefit from a more favourable tax system and not all employees will be able to claim it, explains representative Gilkinet.