Workplace Parking Levy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2068
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Nottingham City Council introduced a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) to tackle problems associated with traffic congestion, by both providing funding for local transport and by acting as an incentive for employers to manage and potentially reduce their workplace parking. Two new tram lines, railway station improvements and the largest electric bus fleet in Europe have been delivered using WPL funds. Has TfL conducted any research into the viability of introducing such a scheme in London? If not, will you commission this research?

Answer

Answer for Workplace Parking Levy

Answer for Workplace Parking Levy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Road Charging Options for London Study in 2000 explored the effectiveness of different measures, including a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), for managing congestion in London. It was considered to be less effective than Congestion Charging as it only impacted on certain trips. It was also assumed that the road space freed up would be taken up by other unaffected drivers. Business organisations were therefore less supportive given concerns about it being more effective as a revenue raising mechanism than a demand management measure.

The introduction of a WPL has not been considered in detail since the introduction of the Congestion Charge. There would be set up, compliance and enforcement costs for London and the businesses within it which would need to be weighed against potential benefits. The context in Nottingham is very different to central London where the vast majority of commuter trips each day are already by sustainable modes of transport. The issues may be more comparable for town centres in outer London, for example, which would primarily be a matter for the boroughs to consider.