Call for parking space tax to be introduced

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The active travel organisation, Sustrans, has called for a tax on workplace parking spaces to be introduced to raise money for public transport and to encourage walking and cycling by employees.

Councils in England and Wales have the legal power to introduce a parking space levy, though currently only Nottingham City Council has introduced one, raising £50million a year.

Director of Sustrans Cymru, Steve Brooks, told BBC Wales: “The workplace car parking levy works in urban environments, so places like Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham, this is an idea that should be considered.

“What we should be doing, is that any funds raised by things like congestion charges and workplace parking levies goes back into transport, so we reinvest in public transport – so people have real options to get out of their cars.”