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Now the government wants to charge you to park at work!

In a move which further justify the anger of many motorists around the UK, the local council in Nottingham have taken advantage of government regulations introduced in 2000 which allow a levy to be placed upon workplace parking. In effect employees will be charged to park their cars in their office car parks and factory car parks with the fee expected to start at £250 a year.

While the scheme is being put forward as a type of congestion charge system, with the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield also applying to the scheme which will start in 2012, it is effectively a backdoor tax on motorists. The fee will rise to over £350 within two years and will be levied upon companies with 11 or more staff parking places. Initially the levy will be placed upon the employer who will then be free to pass these charges onto various employees who use the parking spaces.

While the justification for the move is tied in with congestion and the environment, there is no doubt that it will prove to be a very useful and lucrative tax raising instrument in years to come.

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