Even more reasons to make your company's mobility more sustainable!
An expanded mobility budget for a more sustainable future - this is how the federal authorities have formulated the revision of the legal framework created two years ago. In doing so, the authorities aim to make even more companies aware of the benefits of a more sustainable mobility policy.
The new legislation has been officially ratified by the Parliament and will come into effect on January 1, 2022.
But what exactly is changing?
Homeowners can now deduct monthly interest AND principal payments on their loans from their budget.
The radius around the workplace for deducting housing expenses is increasing from 5 km to 10 km (as the crow flies) for all employees!
Under the current system, employers must provide a company car for a period of at least 12 months within the last 36 months before the mobility budget can be introduced. This waiting period will be removed and the mobility budget (for eligible employees) can be used immediately.
Bicycles, garage fees, protective equipment and equipment to improve the employee's visibility are added to the list of allowed expenses.
Reimbursement for public transportation passes is extended to include the employee's family members.
Parking fees for public transportation (e.g., parking at the train station to catch a train) are added to the list of allowable expenses.
A pedestrian mileage allowance may be paid to the employee from the mobility budget. The good news is that electric scooter trips are considered to be walking trips and are therefore also covered by the mileage allowance.
Calculating your TCO (total cost of ownership) is not a simple procedure. That is why, with this revision, the government will provide employers with a tool that will allow them to calculate the mobility budget in an automated way.
From January 1, 2026, company cars will have to be "carbon-free".
In order to offer more transparency to employees, employers will have to include Pillar 1 (company car) expenses in the "mobility account" provided to the employee. If the employer chooses not to account for actual Pillar 1 expenses, the government will provide for a flat-rate calculation method.