Parking law changes launches today as drivers could be charged £500 per space

Drivers face even more motoring changes now.

Earlier this week, new number plates were rolled out as motorists were warned of two big laws.

There are also eight changes and laws coming into power later this year too.

Now from today the Workplace Parking Levy is coming into force.

It will allow councils to decide whether to impose an annual tax on car parking spaces that are provided by employers.

The changes are in Scotland as the government and environmental groups believe it will help reduce congestion and pollution.

If a council does impose the levy, employers who provide their staff with on-site parking will need to apply for a licence.

The cost of this licence will be based on the number of spaces in the car park.

From this point, employers could choose to pay the WPL or pass on some, or all, of the charge to those who use the car park.

Some workplaces – including all NHS properties, GP surgeries, hospices and disabled parking spaces – will be exempt.

Nottingham is currently the only city in the UK with a WPL in practice, with a rate of £415 per parking space, per year.

It has been estimated that commuters driving to and from work accounted for about 70% of peak time traffic in Nottingham.

Leicester City Council is proposing most employers with more than 10 parking spaces would pay £550 per space a year for a licence.

Meghan Gallacher MSP said: "Any introduction of a workplace parking tax would be a hammer blow to hard working people.

"This atrocious tax is not only hated but it is also unbelievably ill-timed."

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