Employees who drive to work could be hit with a new car parking tax as a growing number of local authorities consider the fund-raising measure.
Motorists may be charged up to £350 per year to park at their workplace under the scheme, as council plans to introduce the levy gather pace despite the change in government.
The Labour government announced the “workplace parking levy” August 2009, where employers with 11 or more staff parking spaces will be charged £250 a year for each space. This cost could rise to £350 within two years, with each company free to decide whether or not to pass the cost onto employees.
It had been thought the plans would be abandoned by the new coalition, who declared there would be “an end to the war on motorists”.
Nottingham City Council will be the first to introduce the scheme under a pilot scheme already planned for 2012. Councils including Bristol, York, Devon, Hampshire, Leeds, Bournemouth, South Somerset and Wiltshire are apparently actively considering the scheme. London councils and others in the south east, such as Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Oxford, are also reportedly keen to examine the option.