Leicester council looks into workplace parking charge

Leicester City Council will begin discussions about introducing a charge for organisations that offer workplace parking for employees.

The council said the scheme will help fund local transport improvements, whilst cutting congestion and traffic pollution.

To date, Nottingham is the only city in the UK to have introduced a workplace parking levy. This has been in operation since 2012 and has brought in over £60million, which the council has invested in public transport including tram, bus and railway station improvements.

Other local authorities – including Birmingham, Oxford, Reading, Edinburgh, and several London boroughs – are actively investigating the introduction of similar schemes.

Deputy city mayor Adam Clarke said: “Like many cities, Leicester faces real challenges to improve air quality, cut congestion and encourage more people to make the shift to sustainable, clean transport options.”

“It is essential that we continue to invest in transport improvements that encourage more people to walk, cycle and take the bus.”

City Mayor Peter Soulsby added: “While we have been extremely successful in attracting major funding from Government and other sources, a workplace parking levy would provide a reliable and ongoing source of locally-controlled funding to help us commit to ambitious, long-term transport improvements.”

“No decisions have been made yet, but we do want to consult on the idea of the workplace parking levy as a means of a funding future transport improvements.”

It is likely that a formal consultation on a workplace levy will take place in early 2021. Any proposed scheme will be subject to approval from the Secretary of State for Transport.

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