ASLEF calls on councils to rule out car park tax

22 February 2019

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has urged councils to rule out introducing a car parking tax which would penalise hard-pressed working men and women.


Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘It is absolutely outrageous that councils are considering taxing people for turning up to work!


‘The SNP government, in cahoots with the Greens, are going to give councils the right to charge a workplace parking levy and there are signs that many councils will do just that. They say it will reduce congestion on the roads and cut air pollution.


‘That’s, frankly, unlikely. But what it will do is make it more expensive to go to work. A workplace parking levy scheme in Nottingham, for example, charges £415 per space.


‘This is the wrong way to go. The right way is carrot, not stick, to make it easier, and cheaper, to travel by bus and train. And to bring the transport network in Scotland back into public ownership.’


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