by Adam Dunning August 23rd, 2010
The government has ordered councils across the country to find new ways of raising revenues.
This has resulted in the possibility of motorists who drive to work soon facing hundreds of pounds in fees each year to park their vehicle on site.
In the days after the formation of the coalition, ministers proudly proclaimed an end to the ‘war on motorists’ by the previous government, with many believing that proposed parking levies in the workplace would be done away with.
Parking levies were originally designed to curb congestion and reduce the amount of carbon emissions. However, an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has discovered that a large number of councils are contemplating intruding workplace parking charges in a bid to raise funds. This includes York, Devon Wiltshire, Leeds, Hampshire, Bristol, South Somerset and Bournemouth councils. Nottingham City Council has already announced it will impose a levy of £250 per annum on local employers as of 2012, with the rate to rise to £350 in the following two years. The fee will be applied to any company that uses more than 10 parking spaces.
Bristol City Council has called the parking levy a ‘revenue stream’ to fund wider transport projects, while York City Council is considering a proposal that would see the employer either pay or be charged. Hampshire County Council admits they are contemplating a ‘modest’ fee, while in South Somerset the move is one of many under consideration in a bid to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.