Parking tax proposals are a ‘shameless attack’ on workers as drivers may have to pay £550

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Parking tax proposals are a ‘shameless attack’ on workers as drivers may have to pay £550

Plans to introduce a parking levy on workers and drivers across the whole of Leicester have been slammed by a city politician. Councillor Nigel Por

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Plans to introduce a parking levy on workers and drivers across the whole of Leicester have been slammed by a city politician. Councillor Nigel Porter launched a petition this week opposing Leicester City Council’s plans to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).

The Levy could see businesses with more than 10 parking spaces being charged £550 per space.

Businesses could decide to pass the charges on to their employees.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Porter criticised the Labour-led council, saying it could negatively impact key workers including hospital workers, care home staff, teachers and charity workers.

In the petition he wrote: “From next year the Labour council, in its wisdom, wants to charge every hospital, school, factory, business or organisation in Leicester with more than 10 car parking spaces £550 a year per parking space.

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“Labour’s so-called ‘workplace parking levy’ is nothing more than a shameless attack on the wages of all the hardworking people of Leicester.

“There appears to be an agenda among some members of the Labour led council who want to hit the pay packets of Leicester’s hard pressed motorists and price shift workers off the road.

“The Labour council has made some irrational and illogical justifications for the requirements of the proposed parking tax including incomprehensible references to the roads in Leicester being built on a Roman footprint and constraints on the city. 

 “We can all make bizarre historical references but things have moved on so we need to deal with the ‘Here and Now’ in post pandemic Leicester and the cost of living crisis in 2022, not AD 160.

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“The cost of living crisis is already becoming unmanageable so the last thing the workers of Leicester need is a ‘Looney Labour’ council taxing them £550 for just parking at work.” 

So far, the petition has received more than 250 signatures.

To date, Nottingham is the only UK city to have introduced a WPL, with the council investing in public transport including tram, bus and railway station improvements.

Nottingham’s rate is £415 per parking space per year, which has generated around £64million since 2012.

Multiple UK cities and towns are considering workplace parking levies (WPL) as a way of tackling air quality and emissions targets and raising money to invest in sustainable transport projects.

These include Reading, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol as well as some boroughs in London.

The aim is to put further focus on fleets and consider alternative mobility options for employees in city centres.

Some have claimed the parking levy is a way to reduce car ownership across cities.

However, proponents of the plans have said it should be seen as an alternative measure in place of Clean Air Zones, who have garnered plenty of criticism.

Councillor Porter said he launched the petition to raise awareness of the scope of the proposed scheme.

He added: “I think a lot of people are completely unaware, they think it’s just a plan for the city centre.

“The thing that concerns me especially is the people who are shift workers in hospitals and care homes and places like that who are really dependent on their car, because of the hours they work.

“And there’s no way on Earth that the council are going to be able to provide buses for these individual journeys.”



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