Can I swap my company car for a company bike?

I work in the print trade and spend a lot of time on the road, usually over 30,000 miles a year. I could work a lot more effectively by travelling by motorbike, but before I raise it with my boss (also a biker) I want to know if I can legally chop my company car in for a company bike.

Answer

You can, and It will save you a small fortune in personal tax. Your firm’s health and safety people should have some input into the kit you ride in, but if you have CE-approved kit and a decent type approved helmet, then it’ll be no problem.

As a basic tip, bikes are taxed as a benefit in kind at a flat rate. I can’t give tax advice but our employed solicitors have found it beneficial to take a company bike. They don’t get offered company cars!

Beyond the legal issues, I’d say this: look for a bike with a shaft drive and big service intervals. Chain adjustment every week gets tiresome, which is why my Ducati Multistrada got chopped in for a shaft-drive Triumph Explorer.

Andrew Dalton

RiDE Magazine January 2014

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: January 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.