Plans go ahead for work parking charges

Councils across the country are pushing ahead with plans to charge for parking at workplaces, it was reported today.

Authorities including Leeds, York, Bristol, Devon, Hampshire, Bournemouth, South Somerset and Wiltshire are considering introducing levies in an effort to raise funds and cut congestion, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The news comes despite Ministers pledging to end what they described as Labour’s “war on motorists” within days of coming to power.

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An estimated 10 million people drive to work every day, and they could potentially face fees of hundreds of pounds a year each.

Nottingham City Council is due to be the first council to impose a levy, with all employers offering more than 11 spaces for staff charged 250 for each one. It will be up to companies whether they pass the cost on.

Under proposals being considered by York City Council, the charge would be paid “by the employer or charged to the employee”. In Leeds, officials view the levy as an “important consideration in formulating a long-term strategy”.

In a draft strategy, Bristol City Council describes the levy as a “revenue stream” to help fund other transport initiatives.

A Hampshire County Council consultation document says it is considering a “modest” charge for the south of the region.