Cycle orgs such as the Bicycle Association of GB pay good money to keep CPAG operating. The Cyclists' Public Affairs Group is a tiny, but influential, organisation that has the navigational nous to find its way around the corridors of power. CPAG's Olly Hatch and Transport 2000's Lyn Sloman appear to have succeeded in getting "fiscal mechanisms that support cycling" in to the 2003 Budget Statement.

April 9th Budget will feature cash incentives to cycle

Hatch and Sloman did the legwork thanks to their positions on the National Cycling Strategy Board for England.

Former MP and would-be London mayor Steven Norris, the board’s chair, then presented the findings to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, proposing two interim measures to benefit cycling. These are likely to be incorporated into Gordon Brown’s 2003 Budget Statement, due, it has today been announced, on April 9th.

The submission from Norris was supported by Jane Griffiths MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

Hatch and Sloman had originally pitched their ideas to officials from the Department for Transport’s Environment and Taxation Division and the Charging and Local Taxation Division.

The ‘fiscal mechanisms’ will include further tax incentives to encourage employers to promote cycling to and from work, as well as for short journeys during work-hours. The existing tax benefits for cyclists will also be more widely publicised.

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