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FIRMS PREPARED TO PAY£1,000 FOR STAFF PARKING PLACES

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New research to be published tomorrow suggests that charging for company car parking spaces may not curb traffic co...
New research to be published tomorrow suggests that charging for company car parking spaces may not curb traffic congestion, as companies are prepared to shoulder costs potentially running into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

The Times (p30) reports that the research for the British Property Federation carried out by Travers Morgan, the transport consultants, showed that companies questioned would treat a£1,000 charge for each parking space 'as an additional overhead' but would not pass on the cost to staff.

However, they made clear their fears over the reliability of public transport remain a key deterrent to reducing parking provision.

The parking charge is at the centre of legislative plans to enable local authorities to raise money for transport improvements by imposing fees for workplace parking or by charging companies and individual motorists.

- see LGCnet (28/10/98) `WORKPLACE PARKING: RESTRICTION 'STICK' WON'T WORK WITHOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT 'CARROT' - NEW REPORT'
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