Come April 2010, there could be a new tax in the UK - the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). This would be a tax on jobs and competitiveness; is unpopular with businesses and workers alike - and frankly couldn't come at a worse time for business. The WPL is being described as a blueprint for future transport income generation. Nottingham is looking to be the first city to impose the tax and others would probably follow.
For each liable parking space, - in privately-owned car parks or spaces paid for in public car parks - Nottingham City Council plans to charge an annual levy of £185, rising to £350 within four years of its planned implementation in 2010. The WPL's stated purpose is to raise funds to extend Nottingham's tram system, invest in its local bus services and redevelop its railway station.
Bloody leeches, is there no end to their grasping destructive behaviour, and as ever they wrap it in a figleaf of greenery...