Tuesday, 10 February 2009

New Parking Tax

I have been sent this email from our transport manager at work, what do you think?

The government is planning on introducing a tax on parking at work. This will affect all of us who bring our cars to work.

The tax would start in 2010 at £185 a year, going up to £350 in 2014, and I, for one do not wish to pay this.

If you wish to join me in signing a petition to stop this happening, please go to the link below and enter your details on the petition to stop this.


Much like the road use schemes, congestion charges, other toll road schemes it will easily gain support against its introduction because no one wants to pay extra tax, but is it actually a good idea, it will certainly make me think about using a bike or car sharing, it might keep a few cars out of city centres, but those travelling a distance or from remote places don't have a choice, also will it make people park on the roads congesting roads more, without thinking too deeply I can already see lots of holes in the idea, so as always I can see this latest scheme being shot down in flames, there must be a good idea out there, perhaps it should be the opposite to tax, a incentive scheme to swap to walking, cycling, bus, tram use or car sharing, I suppose like Nottingham they can't build the tram until they raise the money, no one will invest and tax on cars is one way of doing it.