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Van benefit from 2005/06: commuter use requirement

Section 155(5) ITEPA 2003

The commuter use requirement is one of two requirements within the restricted privateuse condition (EIM22795). The other is the business travelrequirement (EIM22805).

The commuter use requirement is satisfied at any time if –

  • the terms on which the van is available to the employee at the time prohibit its private use otherwise than for the purposes of ordinary commuting or travel between two places that is for practical purposes substantially ordinary commuting, and
  • neither the employee nor a member of the employee’s family or household makes private use of the van at the time otherwise than for those purposes.

There is more information on the following terms at the pages given:

  • private use, EIM22740
  • ordinary commuting, EIM32055
  • family or household, EIM20007.

Remember: if the commuter use requirement fails to be satisfied to an insignificantextent, the restricted private use condition (EIM22795) couldstill be met for the tax year as a whole.

See EIM22850 where there is a replacement van.