‘Shambolic’ new parking law changes could see drivers pay hundreds of pounds per space

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Scotland is currently considering whether to implement a scheme of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) across the country. The Scottish National Party confirmed that there will be no upper charge limit to the fines, giving local councils and businesses the choice to implement the scheme to their preference.

It is hoped these additional charges will lead to more people ditching their cars, helping reduce emissions and promoting alternative forms of transport.

A WPL allows employers who provide workplace parking to charge employees for the use of that space over the course of a year.

While the scheme is gaining more support across the UK, Nottingham is the only city to have implemented it, doing so in 2012.

In the East Midlands city, employers with more than 10 staff parking spaces are required to pay just over £400 per space to the council.

That revenue is then used by the council to pay for the city’s tram extension and other public transport projects.

Jenny Gilruth, SNP Transport Minister, confirmed it will be up to local authorities to set how much each parking space will be charged at.

She added: “It is, of course, for local authorities to take a view on the limit that will be reached in terms of whatever they want to set the fee or the charge at.

“I think it’s important that the responsibility for local authorities to look at their own local circumstances and decide what that might be.”

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Under the guidelines of a WPL scheme, employers can charge £550 per space for a year.

Dr Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, commented on the potential charges and the impact it would have.

She said: “Businesses are still recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic, which has severely reduced trade and significantly increased costs over the past two years, hitting our town and city centres hard.

“By failing to impose a cap on charges, businesses across Scotland will now face a postcode lottery and some difficult decisions at a critical point in their recovery.

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