Bicycle NGO Says Congestions Are Costing The Economy €200 Million A Year

16th October 2018

BAG said its proposals could also contribute to a healthier workforce, which would be beneficial both for employers and the state.

The Bicycle Advocacy Group (BAG) has issued its pre-budget proposals, with suggestions including taxing diesel and subsidising employees to cycle to work.

The current traffic situation was making workers’ lives more difficult and complicated, and road congestions were costing the economy €200 million every year, BAG said.

Employees, particularly low-income earners, should be given bicycles to cycle to work. The employer should pay for the bicycle, and the employee can then pay it off in monthly instalments, it explained, adding that payments made within that year should be tax-deductible.

BAG said the scheme could also contribute to a healthier workforce, which would be beneficial both for employers and the state, since it could potentially reduce sick days, and cut down on the health service’s expenditure.

The group also proposed that private imported cars should be taxed according to their physical size, and said that Government departments should consider bicycles when purchasing vehicles for their fleets, and for their employees to commute to and from work.

It also recommended the installation of parking meters in heavily congested town cores, such as Valletta, Sliema, Mosta and Birkirkara.


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Bicycle NGO Says Congestions Are Costing The Economy €200 Million A Year