With the Government’s consultation into a controversial Workplace Parking Levy coming to an end tomorrow (Thursday), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Transport Secretary outlining the business group’s serious objections to the scheme. The organisation has previously highlighted the potential £3.4 billion cost to business should all Councils covered by the consultation adopt the scheme copying Nottingham City Council’s blueprint. In the letter, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, disputes the congestion-busting aims of the WPL and refers to the significant public support for the BCC’s online petition against the WPL. Already, nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition running on the BCC’s website.
Mr Frost’s letter calls on the Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon, to reject Nottingham City Council’s bid to roll out the WPL in 2010 and to scrap the WPL scheme altogether.
Tim Hutchings, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, "This is a nasty form of taxation which we will fight vigorously".