The BCC will be launching a campaign petition on its website to demand that the Secretary of State rejects the Workplace Parking Levy. We believe this levy is a stealth tax on businesses that could cost British business billions of pounds. In its current incarnation it will require businesses to pay £350 per car parking space to the local authority. This seems a ridiculous policy in a time of recession especially if you combine it with the Government’s attempt to legislate for additional rates on businesses in its Business Rate Supplements bill.

An application to introduce a workplace parking levy has been submitted to the Secretary of State by Nottingham City Council. We are urging the Secretary of State to reject this application and to abolish the tax altogether.

Our fear is that with the rejection of the Transport Innovation Fund in Greater Manchester local councils will be looking at alternative measures to raise funds for infrastructure. The noises that we are receiving is that many councils are watching Nottingham City Council with bated breath to introduce their own workplace parking levy schemes.

The petition can be found at - http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/nostealthtaxonparking, and will be presented to the Secretary of State