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Council's workplace park levy go-ahead

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Nottingham City Council has been given the green light to push ahead with its plans to charge companies for staff who commute to work by car and use company car parks.

The pioneering move will see companies in the city charged from £185 per year for ‘liable’ parking spaces, a cost predicted to rise substantially over the initial few years.

Money raised will contribute to the expansion of Nottingham’s tram system.

But other cities keen to see the results of Nottingham’s pilot to inform their own schemes will have to wait two years longer than expected. The government is delaying the introduction of the workplace parking levy (WPL) by two years until 2012 because of the recession.

Nottingham’s cabinet member for transport Jane Urquhart (Lab) insisted that the delay would be an opportunity to get it right.

“The fact that we have over two years before the WPL is implemented gives us the opportunity to work with businesses to help them develop more sustainable transport policies, encourage behavioural change and reduce congestion, which has a significant impact on business,” she said.

Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce said is understood considering a legal challenge to the proposals.

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