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Feature article – CycleScheme

Could CycleScheme be the solution to Bristol’s diesel ban?

Following the announcement that Bristol is set to become the first city in the UK to ban diesel cars from its centre, residents, commuters and businesses alike face an uncertain future when it comes to accessing the area for work.

Under the proposed plans, which have been designed to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in Bristol, privately-owned diesel vehicles will be banned from a ‘clean air zone’ between 7am and 3pm each day.

Whilst this ban will no doubt have a positive effect on rising pollution levels across the city, businesses trading in Bristol’s central area are likely to struggle with the prospect of their employees having to find alternative methods of transport to reach the workplace.

Many commuters face being forced on to Bristol’s underfunded and often unreliable public transport infrastructure, which at this time is not part of any significant improvement plans to make it a viable alternative option.

But what if there was a cost effective, healthy and green way for your employees to get in to the city for work once the diesel ban comes in to effect, substantially mitigating business impact?

According to research by Hawk Incentives, the provider of Cyclescheme in the UK, only 6% of British workers currently cycle to their place of work.  This low uptake could be down to a number of factors including the significant initial cost associated with purchasing a new bike, but with Cyclescheme, cycling to work becomes instantly more affordable.

It is really easy to take advantage of Cyclescheme. Once you sign your business up, employees can choose any bike from over 2,000 retailers, pick accessories and start cycling to work within days. One of the key benefits of Cyclescheme is that employees can take advantage of up to 40% off the cost of a new bike and spread the payments as part of pre-tax salary sacrifice.

There are huge benefits for employers too. Not only will you recover the full cost of the bike, you will also generate a NIC saving up to 13.8% of its value. This, teamed with easy online administration makes Cyclescheme a fantastic choice for your business.

As well as the obvious financial benefits of joining Cyclescheme, cycling to work can significantly boost cardiovascular health and mental wellbeing which can have a positive impact on productivity in the workplace. It also reduces your carbon footprint as a business, meaning you are directly contributing to the positive effects of the diesel ban.

Laurence Boon, Product Manager at Cyclescheme said: “Businesses in Bristol are facing the prospect of many of their employees struggling to get to work as a result of the diesel ban. Cyclescheme is the perfect solution not only to get people to work in a cost-effective way, but also for businesses looking reduce their environmental impact”.

Taking advantage of Cyclscheme couldn’t be simpler.  Visit cyclescheme.co.uk to find out more about signing your business up, and show your employees there is a healthy, sustainable and money-saving way of getting around the diesel ban.


Lauren Hammond


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