New parking law would see drivers charged £550 per space as motorists demand answers

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Businesses have less than one week to take part in a consultation into bringing a workplace parking levy into Leicester. This levy would see most employers with more than 10 parking spaces pay £550 per space every year.

It is up to the employer whether they pay the charges themselves or whether they pass the charges onto their employees.

It is believed that between 450 and 600 larger businesses across Leicester would be affected by the new parking law.

The money raised from this scheme would help fund a “radical overhaul and long-term modernisation” of the city’s public transport, cycling and walking networks.

The council says changes are needed to cut congestion and meet tough climate and air quality targets set by both the Government and the city council itself.

The money would also be invested into sustainable transport for new housing developments currently being built or proposed.

A 12-week public consultation runs until this Sunday, March 13, giving residents, workers and employers the chance to find out more and comment.

Councillor Adam Clarke is Leicester’s deputy city mayor and is responsible for transport and the environment.

He stressed the importance of cutting pollution and greenhouse gases in the city.

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There are also predictions that big changes are needed to reduce the pressure on the roads in the city, given the expected population growth in the next 10 years.

Councillor Clarke added: ”Income from a levy would directly fund measures which are vital as we strive to achieve net zero, reduce life-limiting poor air quality and minimise costly congestion.

“We have produced a short film, setting out our vision and how a WPL could help us to achieve it.

“Nottingham City Council has been operating a very similar WPL for the last 10 years or so, and they are sharing their experience and expertise with us.

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