Employees FAQ’s

The cycle scheme allows employees to buy a bike and associated equipment tax-free.

Under the initiative, salaried employees who are employed and paying PAYE tax in Ireland.

A salary sacrifice happens when an employee gives up the right to receive part of the pay due to them under their contract of employment in return for the employer's agreement to provide some form of non-cash benefit, in this case the purchase of a bicycle and related equipment. You will make salary sacrifice payments from your gross rather than net salary.

Yes, there is a limit on the price of the bike, you will only be able to tax relief up to a maximum of €1,000. For more expensive orders you can pay the balance in cash directly to the shop.

It will still be down to you (employee) to complete the full payment even if you no longer possess the bike, which means if the bike is stolen the employee will be liable for any outstanding monies without any tax exemptions. It is very important to insure the bike, and any goods fitted to the bike, to safeguard against the losses following theft. {site_name} offers discounts on bike insurance through Blue Insurance. You can obtain safety equipment from {site_name} partnering shops, where you can ask for approved ˜Secure D-locks and cable locks to conform to insurance companies requirements.

Bells, clips, dress guards, helmets, horns, lights, locks, mirrors, mud guards, panniers and straps, are all included, as are pumps, puncture repair kits, cycle tools, reflectors and reflective clothing. While raingear isn't covered outright, clothing that is both waterproof and reflective is covered.

The scheme is a voucher scheme and you will need to apply for a voucher to redeem against your goods when you go to collect them from a local participating bicycle shop. To obtain your voucher you need to:

Your company signs up for the scheme. You will be given access to your company {site_name} online microsite where you print off a quote form. Visit your local participating bicycle shop to choose your bike and equipment. Print off a Purchase agreement and forward it to your HR scheme administrator. Having got the quote from the shop, return to the website and enter the details. Once the quotation is approved by your HR department {site_name} will invoice your employer. Once payment is made for the bike package by your company a secure voucher will be emailed to you. Redeem your voucher at the bike shop and collect your goods (you must provide your Company photo ID card or current Drivers license or Passport to do this).

This will be up to 12 months depending on the options that your employer provides.

There is no requirement for you to cycle to work for a specified number of days throughout the year and there is no special requirement for you to record your trips. The scheme does require that the bike is mainly used by you to travel to work. You can also use the bike for leisure at weekends and on holiday.

The Department of Transport does not expect employees to keep a record of mileage.

Yes, even if you are still paying for your bike through salary sacrifice. {site_name} offers discounts on bike insurance through Blue Insurance.

{site_name} offers discounts on bike insurance through Blue Insurance.

{site_name} partner shops are capable of supplying bike packages mail order from their shops, under the Government's green travel plan. However, there are distinct advantages when buying from your local bike shop that will be the first port of call for advice, servicing, after sales and warranty.

You are responsible for maintaining the bike for your own use. Your local shop will be able to advise you about necessary servicing depending on how you use your bike. They are also likely to give your bike a first free service once you have bedded it in.

Under the terms of the purchase agreement the order is non-cancellable. This means that you will need to settle all outstanding monies before you leave. The outstanding balances will be deducted from your final net salary payment.

Your pension contributions are payable on your full salary. Consequently, your pension and related benefits are not affected by the sacrifice.

You will have to check with your employer. The remaining deductions may be made before you go on leave or postponed until your return.

Any remaining deductions will be taken from your final salary payment.

Visit your local bike retailer and follow the steps set out above to order your voucher.

Employers FAQ’s

The cycle scheme allows employees to buy a bike and associated equipment tax free.

The employee chooses a bicycle and any associated safety equipment (up to a maximum value of €1,000) and the employer would purchase same on behalf of the employee. The employer will then recover the cost of the bike from the employee using Salay Sacrifice deductions from their gross pre-tax pay.

It is not envisaged that there will be a notification process involved, but the purchase of bicycles and associated safety equipment by employers for employees will be subject to the normal Revenue audit procedure with the normal obligations on employers to maintain records.

Bells, clips, dress guards, helmets, horns, lights, locks, mirrors, mud guards, panniers and straps, are all included, as are pumps, puncture repair kits, cycle tools, reflectors and reflective clothing. While raingear isn't covered outright, clothing that is both waterproof and reflective is covered.

There is no limit on the amount of employees in a company that can avail of the  cycle scheme provided that the employer agrees to participate.

{site_name} is an independent company created to help both employers and employees take advantage of the Green Transport Plan Initiative and the associated tax benefits of the scheme.
{site_name} use our industry experience and trade contacts to get you riding to work on a bike of your choice from your local preferred participating bicycle shop.

Under the initiative, salaried employees who:
are employed and paying PAYE Tax in Ireland.

{site_name} customers are not limited to any particular bike or accessory brands and therefore can choose the best for quality and value-for-money. This results in the optimum package of bike, accessories, and safety equipment.

{site_name} provide a single point of contact for employers and employees wishing to take up the scheme. {site_name} will assist you in setting up and running a successful Cycle to Work scheme at no cost to the employer. We can help you to get a scheme going in no time, offering great customer service and access to all the leading bike brands. The result? Better scheme uptake, and a host of organisational and individual gains.

{site_name} is also fully supported nationwide and liaise with independent bike dealers providing up-to-date literature and point-of-sale material.

{site_name} will offer full support for handling your queries, and advice on choice of bike and safety equipment.
{site_name} partners (the cycle shops in your area who are partnering with {site_name}) will be your local port of call for test riding etc.
Once the bike package is purchased these local bike shops will also handle servicing and any warranty issues.