Fear of a public backlash has persuaded the government to back off from plans for taxing supermarket car park space...
Fear of a public backlash has persuaded the government to back off from plans for taxing supermarket car park spaces, the Daily Telegraph reports (p10).
The introduction of charges for non-residential off-street parking was a central feature of early drafts of the delayed transport White Paper which is due to be published later this month. However, a government adviser told the Telegraph ministers had thought about the implications of millions of users blaming them for a new tax or bigger food bills and decided to back off.
Supermarkets told ministers they would have to pass on the carpark charges directly, or indirectly in higher food prices. They also said the idea of customers switching to public transport was impractical as they would be unable to cope with the weight of their shopping.