New parking tax fees could have ‘unintended consequences’ for residents

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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Leicester City Council is currently holding a consultation on a new Workplace Parking Levy for the city centre. The scheme would see larger employers forced to pay to provide parking space for their staff.

Most employers with more than 10 spaces would pay £550 per space per year.

Although businesses do not need to push the costs onto employers, this will be an option to recoup any losses.

Plans for a Workplace Parking Levy were featured as part of the council’s Draft Leicester Transport Plan 2021-2036.

Councillor Adam Clarke, Leicester deputy city mayor on transport and the environment said the plans would help the city to achieve its net-zero ambitions.

He said: “The proposals are designed to address the climate emergency, as well as health inequalities and pressures that will come with predicted city growth over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Income from a levy would directly fund measures which are vital as we strive to achieve net-zero, reduce life-limiting poor air quality and minimise costly congestion.”

The extra income will help fund a range of projects to help sustainable transport.

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This includes the installation of over 400 electric tram-like buses by 2030 and a comprehensive network of cycleways.

The money will also pay for discounts to bus fares for elderly, disabled, young and unemployed residents.

However, Mr Clarke has warned the new changes could have some “unintended consequences” for road users.

He added: “Nottingham City Council has been operating a very similar WPL for the last 10 years or so, and they are sharing their experience and expertise with us.

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