Employers who have more than 10 parking spaces will be charged £288 a year per space, which the BBC report many employers will pass on in full or part to their staff.
Nottingham is the first council in Britain to introduce such a scheme, which the council says will ease congestion and fund improvements to public transport. It is not yet known how many others may follow.
Motorcycling both eases congestion and reduces the burden on parking spaces (and they’re usually free to the rider). Whilst good public transport links are obviously desirable, many commuters need greater flexibility, or live in areas which are poorly served by public transport - or often not at all in the case of those travelling in from rural parts.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCI says ‘The fact that bikes are exempt from this new charge endorses the idea that motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are part of a new landscape for urban commuting. Rising parking charges and high fuel costs point to two wheel motor vehicles as an obvious solution for those seeking sustainable personal transport, with some new scooters and mopeds doing up to 146 miles to the gallon.’
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Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are exempt from Nottingham’s new parking scheme Nottingham City Council’s new Workplace Parking Levy gives yet another reason for commuters to switch from four wheels to two - for their journey to work.