BUSINESSES and employees around the country are being warned that yet another tax will be coming their way if the Government gives the go-ahead for a controversial levy on workplace parking.
Nottingham City Council has asked the Department for Transport to give it the green light to impose a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) so that it can charge employers who provide more than 10 workplace parking spaces in privately-owned car parks or spaces paid for in public car parks.
Firms would then have to decide whether to pass on this charge to employees.
But in a high-profile national STOP the Workplace Parking Levy campaign, which is backed by the Confederation of British Industry and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, businesses say that if the levy goes ahead in Nottingham other cities and towns follow.
George Cowcher, the chamber’s chief executive, recently lobbied the Labour Conference and spoke to transport ministers about the issue.
He said of the WPL: “It’s a tax on jobs and competitiveness, which is unpopular both with businesses and workers alike, and comes at a time when we are seeing the worst trading conditions in decades.”
For each liable parking space, Nottingham Council plans to charge £185 a year , rising to £350 within four years of its planned implementation in 2010.
The WPL’s stated purpose is to raise cash to extend Nottingham’s tram system, invest in its bus services and redevelop its railway station.
For details of the STOP campaign contact email@example.com or visit www.dncc.co.uk