Belgium’s cycle commuter tax breaks now extend to speed e-bike users

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It was announced last week in Belgium that tax breaks available to cycle commuters will now be extended to those who travel to work on an electric bike.

Employers in Belgium are already encouraged to reward those cycling to work to the tune of €0.26 per kilometre cycled between their home and workplace.

Interestingly, the legislation will now cover speed electric bikes, capable of hitting up to 28mph/45km per hour. These bikes, under current EU regulations, are classed as mopeds and as such require tax, insurance and a suitable helmet.

In 2015 Belgium paid over 400,000 users a total of €93 million under the scheme. Figures show that those participating have more than doubled since 2009.

Reuters has more on the story here.

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