Britain Automobile Association fears that 10 local authorities plan

Britain Automobile Association fears that 10 local authorities plan. British Tabloids Cry ‘War On Motorists’ As U.K. Councils Plan £1,000-a-year Workplace Parking Levies … Get the Full Details Below

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Britain’s Automobile Association fears that 10 local authorities plan to introduce workplace parking levies, which could cost employees up to £1,000 a year to park at work. Tabloid newspaper The Sun complained that “greedy councils” were planning to launch a “green blitz against Brits.”

A workplace parking levy has been in operation in Nottingham since 2012 raising £53.7 million to date and which has been used to improve Nottingham’s tram network and subsidize a public bike-share scheme. 40% of Nottingham’s employers levy the charge, and Nottingham city council claims that it is the only big city in England to have reduced traffic congestion during the morning rush-hour.

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Hounslow Council in west London is proposing to charge between £500 and £1,000 a year for every parking space and the AA says at least nine other councils are also considering introducing similar congestion-busting schemes.

Edinburgh and Glasgow councils expect to go ahead with the charge soon while Reading, Oxford, Bristol, Cambridge and the London boroughs of Merton, Brent and Camden are still considering the proposals.

“It is a good thing to put money into transport but workplace parking is a pretty blunt instrument,” AA president Edmund King told Forbes.

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“The AA accepts that cities are under pressure to cut congestion and pollution. Trying to convince workers in cars to switch to public transport, walking or cycling, therefore, has to be considered. However, like the CO2-related residents parking permits that cost families hundreds of pounds and encouraged them to buy diesel vehicles, the unintended consequences of a workplace parking levy may be severe.”

Instead, councils should encourage the take-up of electric and lower emission vehicles, said King.

While many car commuters who live along public transport routes may be able to switch relatively painlessly, parking levies discriminates against employees who may be older and less mobile, pregnant women, the low-paid and parents who combine a trip to work with school runs. Adding an hour a day to travelling, because public transport and walking to train stations and bus stops takes so much longer than driving from door to door, will squeeze the time-starved and make commuting pretty miserable.

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The U.K.’s Secretary of State for Transport decides whether each scheme should go ahead.

“Cambridge’s 4.1 million park-and-ride passengers show that large numbers of car commuters can be enticed out of their vehicles if there is public transport in the right place at the right price.”

I am the Transport Journalist of the Year in the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards For Specialist Media 2018. I write about bicycles and research transport history books.

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