Next to an eco-friendly company car (pillar 1) you can spend your mobility budget on a wide variety of items. These expenses are free from taxes and social security contributions. But what exactly is allowed? And what not? Check the list below. You might get some cool ideas to spend your budget on.

Important! An employer is not obliged to offer every one of these possibilities to its employees. Always consult your company's mobility policies.


1. Personal transport 🚲 🛴

You can choose to spend your budget on the purchase, rent, lease and maintenance of the following vehicles:

  • Bicycles (electric, motorized or non-powered) - max speed of 45 km/h

  • Personal mobility devices - max speed of 45 km/h

  • Mopeds - max speed of 45 km/h

  • Fully electric motorcycles

  • Any legally required equipment for the vehicle, driver and passengers mentioned in article 36 of the Traffic Regulations

✅ Some examples of what's allowed:

Regular bicycle - Folding bicycle - Racing bicycle - Mountain bicycle - Cargo bicycle - Electric bicycle - Childrens bicycle - Speed pedelec - Kick scooter - Mono-wheel - Inline Skates - Hoverboard - One-wheel - Moped - Mobilityscooter - Electric motorcycle - Bicycle helmet* - Bicycle lights - Motorcycle suit* - Motorcycle helmet* - Motorcycle gloves* - Motorcycle boots* - Maintenance to any of the vehicles above - Renting or leasing any of the vehicles above - Motorcycle helmet for passengers*

*if legally required

🚫 Some examples of what's NOT allowed:

Fuel, carwash or toll if you don't have a pillar 1 car - Regular motorcycles - Hybrid motorcycles - Bicycle lock - Bicycle GPS - Helmets, if they're not mandatory by law

2. Public transport 🚆

Both tickets and subscriptions to public transport can be covered by the mobility budget. Regardless of whether they're bought via official or non-official public transport providers.

Airplane tickets cannot be financed with the mobility budget. That's not really eco-friendly.

a) Subscriptions are covered under these conditions:

  •  The subscription is in the name of the employee

  •  The subscription covers the employee's commuter traffic

b) Tickets are covered:

  • For the employee AND others (so yes, you can buy tickets for friends and family)

  • For travel inside the European Economic Area

Some examples of what's allowed:

NMBS subscription* - De Lijn subscription* - TEC subscription* - Non-official public transport subscriptions* - Train tickets** - Thalys tickets** - TGV tickets** - Flixbus tickets** - Bus tickets** - Waterbus tickets** - Intercitybus tickets** - Ferry tickets** - Public transport tickets for family members***

*If in the employee's name and if the home-work route is covered

**If inside the EEA
*** only tickets, not subscriptions

🚫 Some examples of what's NOT allowed:

Plane tickets - NMBS subscription for a family member - Train ride outside Europe (EEA)

3. Organized communal transport 🧑🏾‍🤝‍🧑🏼

When are we talking about 'organized communal transport'?

  • Shared transport of employees,

  • With a vehicle that suits a minimum of 2 people,

  • Organized by the employer, a group of employers or a third party

Some examples of what's allowed:

Carpooling - Office bus

🚫 Some examples of what's NOT allowed:

Fuel costs when driving alone

4. Shared mobility 🚕

The following mobility solutions can be financed with the mobility budget:

a) Shared personal vehicles 

  • Any shared vehicle bought, rented or leased by individuals OR part of a fleet

b) Rentals without driver

  • Any vehicle for the transport of people and/or goods overland  

  • For a maximum duration of 30 days per year

c) Taxi's and rental cars with driver

Important! If a shared company car is mainly used by the same employee, it's considered as a pillar 1-car of that employee's budget. It must then meet the environmental criteria set for these cars.

Some examples of what's allowed:

Using a shared car (Poppy, Cambio,...) - Using a shared bicycle (JUMP, Villo,...) - Using a shared scooter (Bird, Lime,...) - Renting a car (Europcar,...)* - Renting a bus* - Renting a van* - Renting a campervan* - Rent a moving van* - Taxi rides - Uber rides - Rent a car with driver - Rent a limo with driver

*A total maximum of 30 days per year

🚫 Some examples of what's NOT allowed:

Using a shared company car as your personal car - Rent a boat - Rent a plane

5. Housing costs 🏡

Housing rent and interests on mortgage loans can be financed with the mobility budget if you live within 5 kilometres (as the crow flies) of your normal place of work. 

What's your 'normal place of work'?

a) Your normal place of work is explicitly mentioned in your employment contract AND you usually work there

  • Your 'normal place of work' is the place mentioned in your contract 

b) Your normal place of work is explicitly mentioned on your employment contract BUT you usually work somewhere else

  • IF your employer or the administration have proof where your actual place of work is, your 'normal place of work' can be your actual place of work

  • ELSE your 'normal place of work' is the place mentioned in your contract 

c) Your normal place of work is NOT explicitly mentioned on your employment contract OR your employment contract states you have a variable place of work

  •  Your 'normal place of work' is the place from which you fulfill the most important part of your obligations to your employer

Important! Your normal place of work can be determined every month. If you have multiple places of work in the same month, the place where you spend the most amount of working hours is your 'normal place of work' for that month.

Some examples of what's allowed:

Housing rent - Interest on housing loan

🚫 Some examples of what's NOT allowed:

Moving costs - Water, gas or electricity charges

6. Bike allowances 🚴‍♀️

Companies who offer their employees bicycle allowances can this system with the mobility budget on these conditions:

  • The allowance havs a clear link to commuter traffic

  • The employee already enjoyed a bike allowance 3 months before her budget start date

  • The bike allowance is limited to € 0,24 per kilometre 

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