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Salary sacrifice EVs billed as 'back to the office' incentive

Date: 26 January 2022   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Salary sacrifice schemes can play a role in supporting workers returning to offices after the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, according to provider Fleet Evolution.

The company said that deploying EVs with these schemes would allow employers to help workers who may be deterred by higher transport costs and a continued risk of infection from commuting.

Fleet Evolution founder and managing director Andrew Leech said: "It's clear that hybrid working is here to stay, with employees spending some days in the office and some working from home.

"But there are clearly misgivings amongst some workers regarding the safety aspects of commuting to the office, with train and bus passenger numbers down significantly on pre-pandemic levels.

"Our view is that safer forms of transport, which are both cost and environmentally friendly, can play a role in providing an anxiety-free means of commuting for workers who are going into the office.

"This is where we think an electric car can play a role. Non-polluting and very cost and tax friendly when provided through a salary sacrifice car scheme, they are ideal for returning office workers who don't want to risk a daily commute on a crowded bus or train." 

Leech added EVs would also bring the advantage of saving on fuel bills at a time of record-high petrol and diesel prices, while workplace chargers would allow employees to top up at no extra personal cost, adding to the other financial benefits of salary sacrifice schemes.