Parking charge scheme in Nottingham

Published on Monday, 02 April 2012 10:47
Written by Scott Buckler

"A tax on work” is how the AA describes the introduction, by Nottingham City Council, of Britain’s first workplace parking charge scheme

Companies in the City of Nottingham will have to pay a fee of £288 for each parking space they offer their employees if they have more than 10 spaces. Some companies may pass on this charge to their employees.

When asked about this concept shortly after it was announced in August 2009, 76% of the AA Populus Panel of 18,964 members thought that workplace parking levy was a bad idea and that the government should stop it.

Although the scheme is intended to provide revenue to invest in local transport schemes and to act as an incentive to companies to encourage their employees to travel to and from work using other forms of transport, 84% of AA Populus Panel members looked upon the scheme as “simply another way of taxing people who work.”

Only 27% of the panellists saw their employers picking up the charge on their behalf, the remainder seeing the employer either trying to reclaim the cost through salaries, making the employee pay, or paying only some of the charge.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “At a time when drivers are facing record prices at the pumps, further charges for parking at work are the last thing they need. This damaging “tax on work” should be stopped from spreading elsewhere as it will damage the economy and hit employees who just can't afford it.”

Nottingham’s work place parking levy scheme started on 1 April and it is thought that Bristol is interested in adopting similar measures.  The AA strongly opposes workplace parking levies as a tax on jobs which damages local business and employees.

The Nottingham scheme was strongly opposed by local business (82%) and by nearly 55% of local people.  Despite this the scheme went ahead.

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