BAILLIE CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO DITCH PARKING LEVY

Car Park LevyJackie Baillie and Cllr John Miller campaigning in Dumbarton against the car park levy to be imposed on employees.

By Lizzie Healey

Dumbarton constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has called on the Scottish Government to remove the proposal to allow Local Authorities to introduce a car parking levy from their Transport Bill.

This proposed new law would allow Local Authorities to impose a workplace parking levy on companies with more than 11 parking spaces. The levy is likely to be passed on to workers, forcing them to pay to park at work.

A workplace parking levy has already been introduced by Nottingham Council and car owners are paying £415 per parking space, per year to park at their work.

Such levies are usually picked up as part of the package for senior managers, but the lowest paid staff are left to pick up the bill themselves.

Jackie Baillie said: “With current levels of public transport not up to scratch, it is ludicrous to suggest that charging people to park at work would reduce the number of people commuting by car.

“The proposal is for a flat tax, meaning low income workers would be charged as much as those on significantly higher incomes. And despite this being pitched as an environmental issue, the tax is not being ring fenced meaning there is no guarantee that the income will be used to upgrade public transport and make it easier for people to ditch the car.

“Since Nottingham Council introduced the tax, eight out of 10 employers have passed the burden onto their employees, putting greater pressure on their finances.

“It’s time the Scottish Government ditched the proposal and made our public transport reliable to encourage people to reduce the use of their car.”

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