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.
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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.
“We’ve gathered evidence of how the charge has been levied fairly and designed a scheme intended to widen opportunity to all, including the many people in the city who cannot afford a car,” according to Business Live.
Nottingham is the only city in the UK which currently has an active WPL, having introduced the scheme in 2012.
Larger businesses in the city are charged £458 per space provided they have more than 11 parking spaces.
The WPL has generated around £64million since 2012 which has been spent on improving public transport in the city including trams, buses and trains.
Councillor Clarke added: “We need to radically extend, enhance and electrify public transport if people are to be persuaded to leave their cars at home, leaving those that still need to use their cars and vans with less congestion, saving them both time and money.
“We have no fixed timetable proposed for the introduction of any levy, which would need to be sensitive to wider economic circumstances.
“We know that there are other concerns and of course need to reflect on any potential unintended consequences.
“We need to hear from people across the city to know their concerns as well as what they would want from such a scheme, and how to make it work as best as it can for Leicester.”