Under new rules proposed by ministers local councils will be able to impose "workplace parking levies" on spaces provided by employers. The fees could reach £350 a year per space. Companies are likely to bear the brunt of the costs, but the Department for Transport has left open the possibility of drivers themselves being made legally liable for the charge.

Responding to the proposals Hertschamber Chief Executive, Tim Hutchings, said, “These proposals represent yet another monstrous attack on hard pressed employers and their staff. It seems that it is not enough that businesses have to face the challenges of difficult economic conditions they also have to contend with the threat of yet more stealth taxes”.

“Fortunately the bodies that will be responsible for imposing them will be the local authorities and I cannot believe that any in Hertfordshire would be so crass as to consider the possibility. If they do they will certainly have a fight on their hands”.