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7 things you didn’t know about the mobility budget

April 28, 2021
5 min
Mobility Budget, Tips

7 things you didn’t know about the mobility budget

Or how your company can veer towards a smart and sustainable mobility future

Whether you have heard about it before or not the Mobility Budget is here to stay. Bear with us for some brief insights on this innovative and ingenious Belgian system. With everything happening in the world, this might not be the first thing on your mind but don’t forget that the crisis we’re in also creates new possibilities!
With almost 6 million cars (1/6 being company cars) spread over the Belgian roads, we are far from the most sustainable or efficient country in the world. As a matter of fact, no single other country has more company cars than we do.

At Skipr we do not aspire to plead against the use of cars, quite the contrary. We however don’t only want to focus on the car and are here to use all means of mobility and get the creative benefits while we’re at it. Hear us out:

Dynamic budget: “Higher wages, more flexibility!”

As clearly displayed, the budget is more than just a combination of sustainable means of transportation. The idea consists of three main pillars, here respectively displayed in green, blue and red. The TCO or total cost of ownership is the ground of your budget and is based on the original car value, thus defining the budget to spend on the three pillars.
From your very own environmentally friendly car (regulations apply) to a combination of public transportation options and even paying rent, the budget is more flexible than you could have ever imagined. Read on for more detailed info on the possibilities.

Cash: “Not commuting? Keep the cash.”

The pillar system splits up your budget, also implying that not using any means of transportation for a day, will leave you with leftover cash, transferred to you. Confusing you say?

Let us clarify:

Imagine your name is Kate and you used to drive a company car, costing you company €6000/year. Right now you’re both using a bike sharing system and the national railways, respectively good for €600 and €1,400/year.

That would leave you with €4000, right? A leftover amount that can be transferred to you. In a nutshell, you are responsible only for the commuting you actually do.
A small side note to stay on the correct side however is that pillar 1 & 2 are not taxed whereas pillar 3 is taxed at a minimum rate of 38%.

Not car-free per se: “Go electric or go home”

One of the bigger misconceptions about changing over from the traditional company car to a mobility budget is that you will have to get rid of your car all together. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clearly some professions are in need of a car at times. Full electric and lower emission  cars and motorcycles are both a part of the mobility budget, so are car sharing services!

Sustainable means of transportation can be used by family members

If your employer does not explicitly refuse to do so, all family members (including kids!) can benefit from the mobility budget at hand! You can for instance buy train tickets to Paris or rent a car in Italy for the whole family.

You can pay your rent and mortgage!

Well, we mentioned before just how flexible the mobility budget can be but we bet you didn’t see this one coming! If you live closer than 5 km from your office, you can use the mobility budget to pay for your rent or the interest on your mortgage.
Living close to work is a sustainable solution after all 😊

Care to know more?

THE sustainable solution: “Belgium’s the world’s worst student”

According to Mobilit, or the federal service for mobility and transportation, the 1,000,000 company cars driving around Belgium on the daily are good for about 40.000.000 km/day (or 1041 around the globe!). These statistics make Belgium one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to the number of company cars and pollution created by them.
The mobility budget is an ethically responsible and sustainable solution, suited for the future.

Where Skipr comes in

We hope you have a good grasp on the mobility budget now but we can hear you wondering: ‘Where exactly does Skipr come in?”. Well, think of us as the all-in-one solution, holding your hand during every step of the way.

Let’s make it tangible: A fruit and vegetable stand doesn’t only sell broccoli, it sells a variety of produce to make things more efficient and that’s exactly what Skipr does.
At Skipr we’re trying to revolutionize the way we move around as employees, a way more aligned with the future. The future is flexible after all.

More information:

Download a free personalised mobility guide for your company!

Are you also wondering what this could mean for your company concretely? Skipr offers you a completely free personalised mobility guide for your company!

Download a free personalised mobility guide for your company!

Go check it out here

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