London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 29, 2009 -- 24 7 Parking, experts in finding accessible parking in London, draw their clientâs attention to a proposal which initiates the UKâs first parking tax.
A pilot scheme is planned for Nottingham in April 2012 which has received a government green light - the tax will levy a charge of Â£185 per parking bay each year for companies with 11 or more spaces.
The so called Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) will rise to Â£350 in 2014 and it will be at an employerâs discretion whether to pass the charge on to their employees.
The aim is to reduce congestion, however the scheme has met with business leader opposition, claiming itâs simply a way for councils to cash in. The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has voiced strong concerns too, warning that many businesses might choose to relocate rather than pay charges, from which Nottingham City Council could net Â£11.3 million per annum.
John Dowson, the chamberâs head of policy and representation, said the scheme âadds an unnecessary tax burden on businesses.â
Conservative shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said of the scheme, âAt a time when jobs are under huge pressure, it is wrong to hit enterprise in Nottingham with a workplace parking levy.â However the Labour Department of Transport said it would be entirely up to councils to choose whether workplace charges are an appropriate way to fund improvements to local transport networks.
It is feared that if the Department for Transport approves the scheme in Nottingham, other councils will follow suit and submit similar plans. Milton Keynes, Oxford and Cambridge have already shown interest and the WPL could cost companies as much as Â£3.4 billion each year if rolled out UK wide.
âIf workplace parking became a reality it is likely more people will need long term and more cost effective parking alternatives,â says Nick Mordin of 24 7 Parking. âOur parking solutions could benefit you now and in the future, with our implicit guarantee of a conveniently located and secure parking spot at a reasonable rate.â
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