‘The road has been paved’
KPMG responds with cautious optimism to federal government’s proposal to implement a mobility budget, and is pleased that the road has now been paved to make way for a real mobility budget.
Mobility expert Frank Vancamp: “It's good that the government has finally decided for a real mobility budget to address the traffic congestion problems in our country, whilst also promoting sustainability.”
The KPMG proposal, which was used by the social partners in the negotiations for the mobility budget, featured five principles. First, there must be a mobility budget for every employee within a company where there is a minimal need for professional use. Second: private use is also permitted, even by the employee’s family members, as long as a low flat-rate tax applies. The third point is that clearly defined movements between workplaces are, in principle, also included in the mobility budget for the purposes of limiting complexity. We would also ensure that employers/employees who wish to reimburse travel between their workplaces separately can still do so (provided they keep a separate record of course). However - and this is the fourth principle - while movements between workplaces are included, working from home is excluded from the budget, even though this definitely impacts mobility. And lastly: a simplification of tax treatment.
Vancamp hopes that these five principles will be taken into account as much as possible during the future development of the mobility plan.
However, Vancamp remains critical of the cash for car system. “With cash for car, the employee has every freedom to spend the cash he receives in whichever way he likes. But above all: cash for car is purely a tax measure, not a mobility solution. So, it's perfectly possible that the employee will then choose to drive an older, more polluting car with the budget that was made available," says Vancamp.