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Congratulations to Nottingham City Council on winning a prestigious Ashden Award for their Workplace Parking Levy.
In this guest blog, Nottingham’s WPL pioneers Nigel Hallam and Andy Gibbons set out the elements that have made this exciting project such a success.
The Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme is a congestion charge designed to encourage employers to reduce the number of free workplace parking places they provide to staff and switch to alternative modes of transport.
Nottingham’s WPL was introduced in October 2011 (no charge) and charging commenced in April 2012. The levy works as a demand management tool focusing on commuter parking as commuters account for about 70% of congested peak traffic in Nottingham. Congestion costs Nottingham £160m every year. Over half of this cost falls directly to businesses. Therefore reducing congestion will directly benefit businesses.
The WPL is an annual charge levied on all employers within Nottingham City Council’s administrative boundary who provide 11 or more liable workplace parking places.
The scheme is largely administrative with employers managing their own account online, where more information can be found on the various exceptions and discounts associated with the scheme.