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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Bike to Work Scheme

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Q: What exactly is the Bike to Work Scheme?

A: The Bike to Work or Cycle to Work Scheme means your employer will pay for a new bike and equipment to encourage you to cycle to and from work. You then repay the cost back through regular payments from your salary. You save because your repayments are not liable to tax, USC or PRSI.

Q: How do I buy a bike under the scheme?

A: Check with your employer first to see if they operate the scheme. They may allow you to select the bicycle and equipment from any shop, or only certain bicycles from specific shops.

Q: How much can I save?

A: You can save up to 52% of the retail cost of the bike and equipment if you pay the highest rate of tax.
Your repayments come out of your salary before tax, USC and PRSI are deducted.

Q: How much can I spend and what can I buy?

A: You can buy one new push bike and related equipment up to the max value of €1,250 or one new e-bike or pedelec (electrically-assisted bike) and related equipment to the max value of €1,500.

Q: How often can I get a new bike?

A: Once every four years. The four-year period between tax breaks is counted by tax year. As long as you bought your bike in 2018, regardless of what month it was, you can avail of the next tax relief in January 2022.

Q: Who owns the bike?

A: You do! You are fully responsible for the upkeep, safety and road worthiness of the bike upon completion of the sale. Therefore, it is recommended you get it insured in particular against theft.

Find out more about the Bike to Work Scheme on citizensinformation.ie, or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie.

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One way traffic system mooted for St Oliver’s National School

The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School. The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other […]

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The Killarney Advertiser understands that a one-way traffic management system will be introduced at St Oliver’s National School.

The plan remains subject to confirmation by Kerry County Council and other statutory bodie. It is  understood that the system will be trialled at the beginning of the new school year in September.

The area is subject to serious traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up times every day.

Over 650 pupils and 80 staff attend the school every day. New housing developments in the area have added to traffic congestion.

Cllr Martin Grady has being pushing for enhanced road safety measures at the school since his co-option to the council in September 2023.

“The issue has worsened in recent years with Woodlawn, Rookery Road and Ballycasheen having more domestic property developments which brings with it more road activity,” Grady told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I’ve seen first-hand several accidents occur when dropping and collecting my children from the school. It needs a safe solution by means of a drop off- pick up point or a traffic management system put in place.

“It is unfair on all stakeholders involved. I will keep working on this until results are achieved in the interest of everyone’s safety. “

The lack of urban school bus services, not just at St Oliver’s but at all schools is adding to Killarney’s traffic woes.

“I would like to see school bus services return for all students, in both urban and rural schools, this service was a massive loss, it would greatly reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and mitigate the risk of accidents and near misses,” added Cllr Grady.

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Planning rules “nonsensical in a housing crisis” Cllr Healy-Rae

A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae. The current planning policy states […]

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A planning rule which prevents people from building houses on their own land next to major roads is being challenged by Cllr Maura Healy Rae.

The current planning policy states that any application house along national primary and national secondary roadways exiting from existing entrances will not be considered.
Healy-Rae says this problem is particularly acute in the Killarney Municipal District given the amount of national roadway surrounding the area with the N22, N71 and N72.
“It is nonsensical that where an individual is living at home and using an existing entrance, can’t be considered to build their own house and use existing entrance they are already using,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
“How Transport Infrastructure Ireland can quantify this as additional traffic is preposterous. Given we are in a housing crisis, given all the challenges surrounding planning, given exorbitant house prices and the lack of affordable housing, it is ludicrous that this is a reason people are being refused planning.”
She called on Kerry County Council to write to the TII, the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Local Government requesting that the current blanket policy be lifted.
“It [the policy] has directly resulted in numerous planning applications being refused and even considered at the pre-planning stage,” she added.
Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has also raised the issue in Dáil Éireann.

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