I use a car and a motorbike for work. I'd never thought about claiming the VAT before until a client raised it. I'd filed it under 'too much hassle for limited benefit'. However, given that the mileage rate for my motorbike is so much lower than my car - 24p rather than 45p, it got me thinking whether I could maximise the benefit of using the motorbike.
The advisory fuel rates for cars up to 1400cc (which my motorbike would be if I could claim it) are currently 10p per mile - which is a small proportion of the 45p for cars but, obviously, a more significant proportion of the motorbike rate. Given that I get barely more for using my motorbike for work than I get for using my pedal cycle, I am more inclined to maximise anything I can as my motorbike definitely costs more to maintain than my bicycle - chiefly in fuel! I accept that I am probably in a relatively small minority of people who actually uses all three modes of transport for work - and tracks the mileage on each.
Or is the benefit in having a smile on my face when I'm making progress through the traffic and having the gently warming rays on my back (or the snow)?