Nottingham is set to be the first council today to implement the workplace parking levy, under which all workplace car parking spaces are to be taxed at up to £350 a year each.
Some months ago when the scheme was first mooted, I submitted a FOI request to Lewisham Council asking the number of parking places maintained for councillors and council workers. It runs into several hundred. The temptation for the council, of course, is to introduce the levy and then simply pass on the cost of their own parking spaces to the council tax payer rather than recovering the tax from councillors and staff.
However, should this become known, then the fury of local businesses and voters will be unleashed. Council workers and councillors should either be charged the full cost, or set an example and give up driving to work. We will no longer tolerate one law for the State and politicians and one law for the rest of us.
No one, it seems, has seen fit to ask Nottingham Council the same question.