New subsidies entered into force at the start of 2019 entitling private citizens to a grant for the purchase of a bicycle or electric assistance bicycle. The grant represents 25% of the cost of purchase excluding VAT up to a ceiling of €300. The subsidy can only be granted once, per person aged over 18, per five-year period. Electric scooters, hoverboards and solowheels did not fall within the scope of the grant, which expires at the end of 2019.
In a joint response to a parliamentary question, environment minister Carole Dieschbourg (déi gréng) and finance minister Pierre Gramegna (DP) explained that the delay for handling applications was six weeks.
In previous years, the government offered a tax deduction to individuals for purchasing bicycles. In 2017, it made 4,085 deductions while in 2018, the number fell to 1,878.
In 2019, the state also offered a grant for the purchase of 100% electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen-powered vehicles ranging from €2,500 to €5,000.