In the UK cycling advocate MPs have now been busted for claiming expenses for riding their bikes.
Perhaps this is why the Green party here wants to force everyone onto cycles.
MPs were at the centre of a new expenses row last night after The Mail on Sunday discovered they are claiming money for riding their bicycles.
Britainās Cycling Minister, a millionaire backbench Labour MP and the shadow Transport Minister are among those who have claimed the 20p per mile allowance for pedalling to and from official engagements.
The cycling allowance has been used hundreds of times by eight MPs over the past four years. One of the politicians admitted he stopped claiming the allowance because it did not cost him anything to ride his bicycle ā but others defended their claims, insisting they were justified.
The expense claims, which have been logged with the Independent Parliament Standards Authority (IPSA), follow HMRC guidance. It states that the āapproved mileage rateā for individuals cycling for business journeys ā not commuting travel ā is 20p per mile.
Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh has made six cycling claims, totalling Ā£11.60. One of her expenses, for which she claimed Ā£1.60, was incurred when she ācycled from Westminster to Peckham for BBC filming and backā.Ā Read more »