Scooters, hoverboards and unicycles excluded from Mobility Budget
The new Mobility Budget will allow employees to allocate their company car budget to other, supposedly greener, means of transport. Yet, electric scooters, hoverboards and unicycles aren’t included in the bill.
Ecolo points to a much too slow adaptation of the tax system to the changing means of transports.
The bill introducing the Mobility Budget should be voted on Thursday. In essence, it will allow employees to swap their company car for other, greener means of transport.
By choosing a greener car (max 95 g/km of CO2), they unlock a budget that can be spent on other clean means of transport. If they live less than five kilometres from work, they can even use that freed up budget to pay part of the house rent or loan.
Out-dated view of mobility
While bicycles, electric or not, and even shared cars are included in the Mobility Budget, scooters, hoverboards, unicycles and other types of self-balancing human transporters aren’t. The law doesn’t take them into account in the section of “clean means of transport”.
Why exclude such means of transport that, when used, result in fewer cars on the road? Ecolo deputy, Georges Gilkinet, member of the commission that worked on the bill, points out to a much too slow adaptation of the tax system to the changing means of transports.
In addition, the above-mentioned means of transport don’t get the same tax rate. The 0,23 euro per km allowance that an employee receives for using a bicycle, electric bike or speed pedelec isn’t applicable for other vehicles.
Employers can choose to grant it to any employee using a scooter to go to work but it won’t be tax deductible.
“Scooters, hoverboards or unicycles play a positive role in terms of mobility and climate, there is no reason to make a difference with bicycles”, declares VIAS spokesperson, Benoit Godart.
Ecolo has decided to challenge the Finance Minister on the issue. “If necessary, we will offer to amend the legislation for it to encourage this type of multi-modal mobility.”