Cycle to Work Schemes
Cycle Scheme is a very popular programme which allows buyers to purchase a new bike and optional accessories (collectively referred to below as a ‘package’) and save up to 42% depending on your tax rate.
How Cycle Scheme Works
In a nutshell, your employer must be enrolled with Cycle Scheme and must be accepting applications for new packages - if your employer isn’t enrolled you can give them a nudge over on the Cycle Scheme website. Cycle Scheme is a fantastic programme which allows employers to provide cycles to their employees for commuting to work or for improving the general wellbeing of their employees.
You pay for your package through directly from your monthly salary over twelve months, however, the deduction is made from your gross salary, so you make income tax and national insurance savings (32% standard rate, 42% higher rate).
Technically, you are hiring the package from your employer for the first year and you can then opt to take ownership of the bike thereafter however there is a fee (see table below) to do so however you can get around this by waiting for a further 36 months (during this time you are still hiring the bike fee-free) after which ownership can be transferred to you at no extra cost.
|Cost of Package||Basic Rate Tax Payer||Higher Rate Tax Payer|
|£500 (12 Months)||£35.00||£85.00|
|£500 (48 Months)||£125.00||£175.00|
|£1,000 (12 Months)||£70.00||£170.00|
|£1,000 (48 Months)||£250.00||£350.00|
The figures in brackets represent the end of hire period opted for.
How these approximate savings are achieved can be found here using the Cycle Scheme Saving Calculator
Looking at ordering a bike over £1,000 such as an eBike?
We're now able to accept vouchers from the Green Commute Initiative (GCI), because GCI is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority they are able to operate a bike for work scheme with values in excess of £1,000. To find out more visit greencommuteinitiative.uk for more information.
Important: Discounted Sale Bikes
Typically, we can only write quotes for new bikes which aren’t on sale, the reason being that we pay Cycle Scheme a commission for every voucher we accept. If there is a bike you are really interested in which is on sale, then please get in touch as depending on the discounts involved we can possibly work something out for you.
End of Hire
The ‘End of Hire’ payment follows advice issued by HMRC and is the only meh bit of the whole process. Basically, you’ll pay either 3% or 7% of the packages original value to Cycle Scheme for use of the package over the next three years which is refundable should you decide you no longer want to keep the package - Cycle Scheme have a great little video over on Vimeo which explains all this.
|Age of Cycle||Original Price (<£500)||Original Price (>£500)|
Enrolling in a Cycle Scheme
Getting a new bike with Cycle Scheme is straightforward once your employer gives you the head nod to go ahead.
- We write you a quote for a new bike and any optional accessories to create a package which you can enter the details of these on to the Cycle Scheme website.
- They’ll do some number crunching and check with your employer - this can take between a week and a month depending on your employer.
- After all the boxes are checked they’ll issue you with a voucher along with your hire agreement which you can send to us in exchange for a brand-new bike and accessories if selected as part of your package.
- Once you have your package your salary sacrifice and Hire Agreement begins and for the next 12 months, you’ll pay a set amount from your salary each month in exchange for the hire of your package from your employer.
Other similar schemes
Whilst Cycle Scheme is by far the most popular programme of this kind there are others which all work in a similar fashion such as Cycle2Work, Bikes4Work, Bikes for the NHS and Halford Vouchers.
If you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch - we're always happy to help.