You may have already heard about it but it has finally become a reality! A new version of the mobility budget came into effect. And it became way more attractive and a little less complex!
So what's new?
⏳ Waiting times
No more waiting times for employees! 🥳 This is a big one. This means that employees entitled to a company car are now eligible to immediately benefit from the mobility budget.
Note that employees who are not entitled to a company car cannot use the legal mobility budget. Find out how you can still offer them a chance on flexible mobility options here.
💰 Amount of the mobility budget
The minimum annual mobility budget is set at €3,000
The maximum annual mobility budget is set at €16,000 or 20% of the employee’s gross annual salary
The government will provide a Mobility Budget Calculator to calculate the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), allowing to calculate the mobility budget on a fixed basis. This is a huge advantage for employers, as the TCO calculation was often complex.
An employer may decide to deduct the professional use of the company car from the calculation of the mobility budget. Provided that he compensates (in addition to the mobility budget) all business trips that will be made by the employee.
Current budgets set before 3 December 2021 can be adapted until 1 January 2023!
🚗 Changes in pillar 1
From 1 January 2026, pillar 1 cars must be carbon-free.
The "mobility account" that employees can use to track their mobility expenses will have to include tracking of their pillar 1 expenses. This is of course already possible in your Mbrella account!
The government also provides for a flat rate method of calculating Pillar 1 expenses, if the employer chooses not to record the actual expenses.
🛴 Changes in pillar 2
Bicycles and similar soft mobility vehicles: garage expenses, protective equipment and visibility equipment (for the driver and passenger) are added to the list of authorised expenses for soft mobility.
Housing costs: the radius around the workplace for deducting housing costs is increased from 5 km to 10 km for all employees!
Housing costs: homeowners can now deduct the monthly interest AND capital repayments on their loans from their budget.
Public transport subscriptions are extended to the worker's family members and are no longer exclusively dedicated to commuting.
Parking costs related to the use of public transport (e.g. parking at the train station to take the train) are added to the list of allowed expenses.
Bicycle and pedestrian mileage allowances can be paid to the employee from their Mobility Budget.
Expenses for shared mobility (Poppy, Lime...) and car rental with driver (Uber, Husk...) must be carbon free as of 2026.
As a reminder, the Mbrella platform allows you to manage your Mobility Budget from A to Z, in the three pillars. What's more, Mbrella is free for all SMEs in Belgium!
Click here to create your free account!