Friday, January 18, 2019

Motorists have to pay £ 1,000 a year to park at work, while greedy councils introduce Workplace Parking Levies


A NEW "poll tax" threatens to hit motorists with fees of up to £ 1,000 a year just to park in their office or at school, reveals The Sun.


Greedy councils across the UK are considering new "workplace parking fees" in the recent green slap against the British.


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New "Workplace Parking Levies" should pay for the air pollution

City councils in Hounslow, West London, will decide in the coming weeks whether companies should be charged up to £ 1,000 a year for every available parking space.


The city hall admits that the costs are likely to be passed on to the employees.


Oxford, Reading, Bristol and Cambridge and the London Boroughs of Merton and Camden are also examining their own levy.


Glasgow and Edinburgh want the Scottish Parliament to include a WPL program in Transport Bill north of the border.


    Nottingham is already charging 400 workers for parking

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Nottingham is already charging 400 workers for parking

The councils claim that the levy is necessary to combat air pollution and raise the millions needed to improve public transport


But the AA called it "wheel reversal" last night and called on both Chris Grayling and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.


The Department of Transport must sign all plans outside of London.


Motorists are already paying nearly £ 35 billion a year for fuel and road tax. Companies are already paying business rates.


    Sadiq Khan is invited to

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Sadiq Khan is invited to intervene in the "Workplace Parking Levy"

Nottingham is currently the only council that has introduced a parking fee for workplace levies that requires businesses £ 400 per parking space per year to park in offices.


Last year, teachers complained that they had to pay hundreds of pounds to park at their Nottingham schools.


The Hounslow system would come - which would exclude only NHS workers and blue badge holders - early next year.


Rob Halfon, former Tory minister, stormed, "This is utter madness.


    AA President Edmund King says that

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AA President Edmund King says "poll tax on wheels" is discriminating against workers who are less mobile

He told The Sun: "There is yet another tax on motorists and all they will do is beat the workers with the cost of living. That's completely wrong. "


The AA said it will force employees to quit their jobs and put more pressure on the main roads, which are hard to attract buyers. "


AA President Edmund King added: "The AA recognizes that cities are under pressure to reduce congestion and pollution.



"But this" polling tax on wheels "discriminates against workers who may be older and less mobile, pregnant women, low payers and parents who combine a trip to work with schooling."


A consultation paper published by the Hounslow Council last July suggested three "potential fees" - £ 500, £ 750 and £ 1,000 per room per year.


It insists that £ 750 is £ 3 per day - equivalent to a return trip by bus.


A spokesman for Hounslow declined to comment.


She said the consultation had been closed yesterday.


A DfT spokesman said, "Addressing bottlenecks in local areas is a matter for individual councils, and it was clear to us that councils should properly and efficiently consult with local businesses and address legitimate concerns, if they did Want to implement system.


"Since Nottingham's, which was introduced in 2012 itself, the DfT has not proposed parking charges for the workplace."




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