Six More Councils to Introduce Workplace Parking Tax

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called the Government’s workplace parking levy (WPL) a ‘stealth tax’ on businesses, following reports that at least six more local councils are planning to introduce the duty.

The WPL, which will be first launched in Nottingham in October 2011, will land business owners with a £250-£350 bill per parking space per year. Individual businesses can decide whether to pass the charges on to staff. However, firms will not be taxed for the first ten staff car parking spaces.

According to reports, local authorities including Devon, York, Hampshire, Bournemouth, South Somerset and Wiltshire are all planning to introduce the tax between 2012 and 2014.

FPB spokesman, Chris Gorman, said:

“When the Nottingham WPL scheme was given the go-ahead last year, we said it would only be a matter of time before it spread to other towns and cities. Sadly, it appears those fears will soon be realised.”

“This is simply a stealth tax which will have a disproportionate impact on small businesses. Businesses already contribute enormous amounts to public services through existing taxes such as business rates.”

However, a spokesman for the Department for Transport said it is down to the individual local authorities to decide whether to introduce the levy.

“It is for local authorities to consider what measures are appropriate for improving transport and tackling congestion in their area,” he said. “However, local authorities would need to consult fully on any proposed WPL scheme, and assess the impact on those affected.”

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