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  1. Ireland announces increase in Cargo Bike support under Bike to Work scheme

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    Source: Gov.ie

    Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has welcomed the decision to include a new higher limit for Cargo Bikes in the revised Bike to Work Scheme announced this month as part of the Finance Bill.

    The updated scheme sees a subsidy increase to €3,000 for Cargo Bikes – in recognition of their higher initial cost. Previously the available limit was linked to that available for bicycles (€1,250) and electric-assist bicycles (€1,500). Therefore, support for Cargo Bike purchases has now been doubled.

    Minister Ryan shared, “This increase will help make cargo bikes more affordable for those choosing to purchase a new bike under the bike-to-work scheme. Cargo bikes have become more popular in recent years with many people using them to bring their kids to school, for shopping and for work purposes as delivery vehicles. The cost factor, however, is an impediment to many people who may want to buy one. We hope that by increasing the limits for cargo bikes, more people will be able to choose them as a more sustainable way to get around.

    We also need to see our courier and delivery companies moving at a faster pace from vans and trucks to cargo bikes and we are looking at ways of supporting this transformation, specifically for the last mile element of their deliveries.

    The coming years will see a re-allocation of road space away from private vehicles towards public transport and space for people walking and cycling and cargo bikes will play a large part in how we use our roads. I look forward to seeing many more cargo bikes on our roads over the coming years, helped by this decision today to make them more affordable.”

    The Bike to Work Scheme aims to encourage the public to cycle to and from work. The initiative allows employees to give part of their salary for a bicycle and/or safety equipment, which should be used primarily for travelling to and from work. The purchase is not taxable benefit-in-kind and can be made in any shop.

  2. The French government provides large e-bike subsidies for lower-income households

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    Source: Fietsberaad Crow

    With the goal of boosting bicycle usage from 3% to 9% by 2024, the French government has launched a subsidy scheme for the purchase of e-bikes.

    The highest subsidy amount is available to those with a low income, who can trade in their old diesel car (from before 2011) or petrol car (from before 2006) and gain support in purchasing an electric bicycle instead.

    This allows individuals to receive up to 40% off the purchase price to a maximum of 3000 euros. Those who live or work in environmental zones can benefit from additional aid of up to 1000 euros. In total, it is possible to receive a total conversion bonus of 4000 euros.

    For those with higher incomes, the maximum reimbursement is 1500 euros.
    Anyone who has nothing to trade in may also qualify for a subsidy. 

    Of course, subsidising e-bike purchases is not a wholly new concept. The scheme is more or less mimicking that in Lithuania, where one could receive a subsidy of 1000 euros when returning an old vehicle, an amount that could be used for the purchase of a bicycle or a public transport card.

  3. Flemish subsidy for ‘zero-emission-vehicles’ to be discontinued

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    The newly appointed Flemish government has decided to discontinue a subsidy scheme for so called ‘zero-emission-vehicles’. If you still want to make use of this arrangement, be sure to order a vehicle ultimately on 31th of December 2019. Registering/applying for the subsidy is still possible, if you have an invoice, up to 31th of October 2020.

    This subsidy scheme is available for electric mopeds class b (including electric three- and four wheeled vehicles), electric motorcycles and electric vehicles category M1/N1. Vehicles that are not eligible for the scheme are e-bikes, speed pedelecs and electric light moped (class A).

    The subsidies are only available for private persons, non-profits organisations, carsharing systems and license holders of taxi services. For additional information about the subsidy scheme, go to the Flemish governemental website (Dutch).

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