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Amendments commuting expenses regulation with effect from 1 July 2020

As you know, our Implementation Regulations (IR) contain an amended commuting expenses regulation that will become effective on 1 July 2020. This regulation focuses on encouraging sustainable travel. However, due to the current coronavirus crisis this is not a good moment to implement this new regulation because travel with public transport is not encouraged at present. Furthermore, it is expected that in the coming period, journeys will be made with variable patterns of travel and with differing means of transport.

Consultations have therefore taken place between the Central Works Council (COR NWO) and the employer. The outcome of these talks is that the current commuting expenses regulation will be provisionally continued until 1 January 2021, with the following modifications:

  • Employees who live less than 10 km from their work will receive a remuneration of 19 cents per kilometre until 1 January 2021.
  • New employees will also receive a remuneration of 19 cents per kilometre until 1 January 2021.
  • Employees without a travel subscription who travel by train, do not have another means of transport and who, due to the coronavirus crisis, work at the office or Institute for a limited number of days, will receive a full remuneration for train tickets until 1 January 2021.

With effect from 1 July 2020, commuting expenses will be remunerated on the basis of actual journeys made. You will soon receive further information concerning the practical details of this. We are currently negotiating with the Dutch Railways (NS) so that with effect from 1 July 2020 we can make an NS-Business Card available to employees who are dependent on public transport. This card can be used for travel with all public transport companies in the Netherlands.