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Drivers 'oppose work parking levy' in Nottingham

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Only two in 10 people support a workplace parking levy in Nottingham, a poll for the BBC has indicated.

In April 2012 the city will become the first in the UK to charge for parking at work and the poll found 70% of those who knew about the tax opposed it.

The levy will start at £253-per-space-per-year, yet the majority of those interviewed - 79% - did not think the cost would stop people driving to work.

NOP interviewed 750 people between 11 and 14 March about the scheme.

The city council said the main aim of the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) was to invest the money raised back into public transport by extending the current tram network.

That idea is backed by most of the people questioned, but less than 20% of people believed traffic congestion had got better since the tram's Line One opened.

Employers are coming to terms with the fact that the WPL will be introduced
Councillor Jane Urquhart

Councillor Jane Urquhart, who is responsible for transport in the city, said: "While we've always known that the WPL divides opinion, I am actually encouraged by some of the findings of the BBC poll.

"Particularly encouraging is the level of awareness of the WPL, people's acknowledgment that the money raised by the WPL will be put to good use, and that younger people seem more likely to be supportive.

"I believe that - while not everyone is happy about the WPL - employers are coming to terms with the fact that the WPL will be introduced and that it is necessary to fund better public transport.

"The dialogue we're having with employers now has moved on from discussions about 'why', but to 'when' and 'how'.

"We have said all along that if we are to make the improvements to public transport that both citizens and businesses want, we need to make tough decisions about how to pay for these.

"And we believe that the WPL is the most appropriate way to pay for new tram lines, a redeveloped railway station and maintaining key bus services."

Parking licence

The levy is a charge on employers who provide free car parking in the boundary of the City of Nottingham.

Every workplace within the city boundary will have to apply for a workplace parking licence.

Those with 10 or less spaces will not have to pay and the same applies for the emergency services.

There are also exemptions for disabled workers, parking spaces used by customers, motorbikes, display vehicles, fleet vehicles and employees who live at their place of work.



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