30 January 2018
Responding to the plans to tackle Manchester pollution, transport campaigners say a workplace parking levy should be at least considered as part of the package.
Campaign for Better Transport points out that a similar scheme in Nottingham has cut congestion, improved air quality and funded much better public transport.
Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport’s Chief Executive, said: "Manchester, like other cities, has a pollution crisis - we now know much more about the damage to health being done by vehicle fumes and cities need to take action to tackle pollution. Of course it’s up to the city and its people to take their own decisions, but we hope that the Greater Manchester mayor and councils will at least consider the levy as part of the measures to cut city pollution.
"Nottingham has shown that a levy on parking spaces at work can help tackle city traffic problems - not by clobbering motorists but by getting money for improving alternatives to driving. Despite initial local opposition, the levy in Nottingham is now widely supported and has funded two new tram lines and a fleet of electric buses, meaning the city now has among the highest levels of public transport use outside London. It's very different from a congestion charge - it's easier and cheaper to administer and is better targeted, and legally all the money raised has to go on transport.”
Nottingham’s Workplace Parking Levy was introduced in 2012 and is an annual charge paid by employers in the city with more than 10 parking spaces. The levy raises £9 million a year which is used to finance the city’s public transport, including new tram lines, electric buses and the regeneration of the railway station. Other cities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, are now considering implementing similar schemes.
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Notes to Editors
- A briefing on Nottingham's Workplace Parking Levy is available here.
- Campaign for Better Transport included the levy and other ideas for new funding and financing options for public transport in the first report published under its Tracks programme. Tracks is a thought leadership programme set up by Campaign for Better Transport to react to contemporary issues in the transport sector. You can read the full report here.
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).