Bicycles: VAT

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of removing VAT from bicycles on trends in the (a) uptake of active travel, (ii) health of the general public and (iii) size of NHS waiting lists.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has made no assessment of the potential effect of removing VAT from bicycles and has no plans to do so.

On the 9th May the Government announced a £2bn package of funding for cycling and walking. This includes £250m which will encourage cycling to work through the provision of pop up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, as well as vouchers for cycle repairs and greater provision for bike fixing facilities.

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