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The mobility budget: finally an answer to the modern employee’s questions

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More and more employees are committed to sustainable solutions. The technology is there and makes it possible to connect all means of transport. Legislation has also been in place since 2019. It is now up to the employers to step up and make themselves more attractive to new employees.

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The federal mobility budget was approved in March 2019. This gives employers the opportunity to make their car fleets more ecological and ensures that employees can plan their commutes more flexibly and sustainably. Employees no longer want to cling to just one option for their mobility. And thanks to the mobility budget, this is no longer necessary.

Who is eligible for a mobility budget?

The federal mobility budget is intended for employees who drive or are entitled to drive a company car. Salary cars are not eligible here. If an employer offers the mobility budget, employees can decide for themselves whether or not they will take this option.

What can employees spend their mobility budget on?

There are three pillars. All employees are free to choose how much to spend on each pillar. And another advantage: the budget can also be used for private travel.

1. An environmentally friendly car

Ecological cars are given a boost thanks to the mobility budget. Fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids with maximum emissions of 50 g/km are eligible for the mobility budget. Ordinary diesel or petrol vehicles are also eligible, if they do not emit more than 100 g/km. The low CO₂ emissions have an additional financial advantage: the benefit in kind for employees will drop, just like the CO₂ contribution from employers.

2. Alternative means of transport or housing support

You can also spend the budget on public transport, an electric bike, or a taxi, for example. Even if you take that taxi while on holiday. Private or professional: travelling by alternative means of transport will not be taxed. And those who live within a radius of five kilometres from work can even use part of the budget to pay their rent. You can read more about living in the future in our latest white paper.

3. The balance

Those who have not used up the budget at the end of the year can have the remaining amount paid out in cash. You will have to pay a social contribution of 38.07% on that, though. So, it is cheaper to use up your budget completely.

What makes the mobility budget attractive for employers?

The chances of success of the new system are determined not only by the employees, but mainly by the employers. They also benefit from the introduction of a flexible mobility budget.

1. Doing business more sustainably

As we mentioned earlier, the mobility budget focuses on ecological alternatives. It’s also a boost to make your fleet more sustainable. Corporate Social Responsibility becomes easier with the mobility budget.

2. Employees demand flexibility

Flexibility is becoming an increasingly important factor for employers who want to remain attractive to new employees. This relates to flexible working but certainly to mobility as well. Employees prefer to choose for themselves how they get from A to B. You can also read more about flexible working in our latest white paper.

3. Financial advantage

It is also financially very advantageous for employers, as all expenditure in pillar 2 (alternative means of transport or housing support) is fully deductible.

Everything is in place to successfully implement the mobility budget: the legal framework, ecological vehicles, and easy management thanks to an experienced partner like Athlon. Employers have all the tools they need to help employees with their growing ecological intentions and awareness.

Would you like to know more about the mobility budget? Read our latest white paper: Living, Working, and Mobility in 2030.



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