9th February 2022

Responding to the Transport Minister’s Workplace Parking Levy comments at the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee in the Scottish Parliament earlier today, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“Scotland’s businesses have consistently opposed the introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) in Scotland due to the additional financial burden it places on businesses and their employees.

“Businesses are still recovering from the financial impact of the pandemic, which has severely reduced trade and significantly increased costs over the past two years, hitting our town and city centres hard.

“By failing to impose a cap on charges, businesses across Scotland will now face a postcode lottery and some difficult decisions at a critical point in their recovery

“Many businesses are concerned that local authorities, whose budgets are already stretched, may now seek to implement this levy as a revenue stream rather than for purely environmental reasons.

“To support Scotland’s economic recovery, the Scottish Government should think again about the negative impact that unlimited workplace parking levy charges will have on Scotland’s businesses.”

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