FAQ Cycle to Work

FAQ section for the cycle to work scheme

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Who can participate in the scheme?

Any size employer.
Eligible employees must receive salary via the PAYE system, and earnings should be more than the National Minimum Wage after salary sacrifice.
There is no credit check for employees wishing to participate, and Under 18s can join the scheme if their guardian signs a guarantor agreement.


What is salary sacrifice and how do participants save?

Salary sacrifice occurs when an employee agrees to give up part of their salary for an agreed period (in the case of the Cycle to Work scheme this is usually 12 months) in exchange for a non-cash benefit, such as the loan of a cycle and safety equipment.
As salary sacrifice is taken from the gross salary (before tax) rather than net pay it means the employee pays less income tax and National Insurance.


What are the savings for the employee and employer?

Typical savings for employees are 32% for basic rate taxpayers and 42% for high rate taxpayers
Employers can typically save 13.8% of the total value of salary sacrifice, due to reductions in Employers’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs) due.


What bikes are available through the scheme?

We work closely with a variety of bike specialists including the UK’s most popular bike manufacturers and local bike manufacturers.
Ranges include electric bikes, folding bikes and other specialist cycles.


What is the maximum value bicycle and safety equipment package employees can select through the scheme?

£1000 inc VAT.
Employers who have their own Consumer Credit Licence can allow employees to request cycles of a higher value.


Who actually owns the cycle?

The cycle and equipment remain the property of the employer throughout the hire period
If the employer uses a finance company to fund the cycles the finance company or funding bank will own the cycles.


Who is responsible for maintaining the bike and what happens if it is stolen?

It is the employee’s responsibility to maintain the bike.


The bike manufacturers will be able to advise about maintenance and servicing depending on how the bike is. If the bike is stolen, as long as the employee replaces the bike and continues to use it mainly for commuting purposes, the employer can continue to take the salary sacrifice reductions from GROSS salary.


This means the participant can still take advantage of the income tax and National Insurance Contribution (NIC) savings.


Does the bike have to be used for commuting?

Employees should use the bike mainly for commuting to and, if relevant, between work places (at least 50% of the bike’s use should be for work purposes).


However, the bike can also be used for non-work purposes and there is no need for employers to monitor individual usage or for employees to keep a mileage log.


Please note that employees cannot claim business mileage allowance with a bike that is being hired to them by their employer.


What happens at the end of the hire period?

In order to preserve the tax benefits of the scheme, there can be no guarantee or obligation to transfer ownership to the employee immediately after the hire period has ended.


However, employers generally choose to offer this option and the cost of this to the user varies on the length of time the hite period is.


Hire can be extended at no cost to the user


What happens if an employee leaves their job or is made redundant?

Once signed, the Hire Agreement is non-cancellable following a cooling-off period of 7 working days following collection of the goods.


This means that if an employee leaves or is made redundant from their employment during the hire period they are obliged to pay the remaining salary sacrifice amount in full from net pay i.e. without any tax exemptions.
If applicable, the employee may then be offered ownership of the equipment in the normal way.


I already own a bike; can I obtain just safety equipment and accessories through Enjoy Benefits?

Yes. Your Cycle to Work application can include safety equipment and accessories without the need to include a bike in your request.


I already have a Hire Agreement in place, can I get another Certificate for safety equipment only?

Unfortunately if you are part-way through your initial Hire Period, you are unable to place another Certificate request until the current one has ended.


Is there a minimum spend for safety equipment only requests?

Yes. If you are submitting a safety equipment-only request there is a £100 minimum.


What safety equipment is allowed?

Allowable safety equipment includes:


Cycle helmets Bells Lights, including dynamo packs
Mirrors and mudguards to ensure riders visibility is not impaired
Cycle clips and dress guards
Panniers, luggage carriers and straps to allow luggage to be safely carried
Child safety seats
Locks and chains to ensure cycle can be safely secured
Pumps, puncture repair kits, cycle tool kits and tyre sealant to allow for minor repairs
Reflective clothing along with white front reflectors and spoke reflectors

Not allowed are things like cycle computers, trailers etc


How can I set up for the benefit?

If your employer is not currently offer the cycle to work benefit, as the to contact us on 0800 644 3000 and we can set them up.


It is simple and does not cost them anything and in fact saves them money


Do you have any posters that I can use?

Yes we do have some posters which you can download and print off


We have one with our contact details on,


or one you can add your own contact details


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