How do subsidies work?
Several cities in the Netherlands and Belgium offered a subsidy for delivery services over the past few years.
Cities offer entrepreneurs subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles for a number of reasons:
A commune may handle the subsidy arrangement as they please. Because of that, amounts can differ from €450,- in one city, to €1500,- in another city.
Regularly the following conditions for subsidy apply:
- Your company is listed as a company that prepares food for delivery or has its own delivery service, within the commune your applying for the subsidy from;
- You can only apply once for subsidy for the purchase of one electric bicycle;
- You need to be in the possession of a purchase invoice or leasing contract from the bicycle store and provide this with your application;
- Non-electric bicycles are mostly not entitled to a subsidy.
Points of interest:
- Many subsidies are bound to a specific period of time, keep this period in mind;
- Mind the minimal purchase value when applying;
- When you choose a leasing contract, mind that the leasing period often needs to be 2 years minimum;
- You need to provide the following when applying:
- – A signed lease- or purchase contract;
- – A copy of your handles’ register registration
- – A copy of a recent withdrawal from your bank account in the name of the applier.
- Please read the terms and conditions your commune follows before applying for the subsidy. Most of the time you first need to apply for a subsidy before purchasing a bicycle.
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