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In Italy, there is actually no fiscal incentive scheme regarding cycling to work whatsoever. Neither employees nor employers have any advantages in using or providing bicycles as a means to commute to work. Public transport is not promoted at all either, since only transport provided by the company itself is free of taxes. Nevertheless, company cars are discouraged as well, since taxation is extremely harsh for employers. A maximum of € 258.33 per year can be granted to employees without being count as a taxable benefit, which is mode-neutral.
ECF's recommendations are two fold: on the one hand, despite the exemplary taxation system in place for employers providing company cars, it should be increased for employees in order to discourage even further the use of cars. On the other hand, fiscal incentives for cycling should be introduced, as well as deductions for commuters using public transport and a mode-neutral scheme of advantages.
In December 2015, a legislative modification approved cycling to work as a way of commuting covered by insurance
, possibly improving the share of cyclists on the street. For more information, follow this link