Birmingham transport officers are reportedly investigating the potential impact of a workplace parking tax. According to the Birmingham Mail, the council’s transport watchdog committee is considering charging hundreds of pounds a year to park cars at city centre offices.
Similar to a congestion charge, the measure would be intended as a means of reducing traffic. A similar scheme is already in operation in Nottingham where businesses with more than ten parking spaces are charged £375 a year per car.
Committee chairman Councillor Victoria Quinn said that Nottingham’s workplace parking levy – which raised around £9m last year – was paying for a city council run bus network. However, opposition transport spokesman Councillor Timothy Huxtable said that such a proposal would be opposed by Conservatives.
Council transport official Phillip Edwards was keen to emphasise that there were no firm plans at this point. “However it is one of the initiatives we are going to be looking at. We will be talking to Nottingham.”
Speaking about the possible impact of such schemes in 2010, Hilary Holden, a transport analyst at the consultancy Arup, said that whether companies passed the cost on to staff would vary, adding: “This may not change behaviour but could raise money for public transport."
The committee is also examining investment in public transport and cycling as it seeks to reduce car use in the city.