Workplace Parking Levies: the Macbeth of the Demand Management World?
A Taylor, N Macdonald, Atkins, UK
In this paper, the authors will try and unravel the mystery and intrigue surrounding the potential benefits of Workplace Parking levy as a demand management tool.
When the Department for Transport issued Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) guidance back in February 2007, statements such as the following appeared: ?We are looking for packages of measures that incorporate demand management and together form a coherent anti-congestion strategy. As we said in the guidance published in January 2006 we are most likely to fund packages that involve road pricing, but we may, by exception, be prepared to consider bids involving a Workplace Parking Levy.?
Why is Workplace Parking Levy or Workplace Parking Charges so non ?pc?? Why are they not being encouraged? Why is Road Pricing or Road User Charging so much more acceptable to the Department for Transport and, apparently to most local authorities?
In this paper, the authors will try and unravel the mystery and intrigue surrounding the potential benefits of Workplace Parking levy as a demand management tool. The Paper will include a direct comparison with typical Road User Charging schemes.
· Why have Sydney, Perth, Vancouver et al introduced workplace parking charging schemes?
· Why are Nottingham City Council actively pursuing the introduction of a Workplace Parking Levy scheme for introduction within the next 2 years?
· What do these cities know and appreciate that the rest of us don?t?
· Should Workplace Parking Levy be brought back in from the cold and allowed a seat at the demand management dining table?
These questions will all be investigated and the authors will stick their vulnerable necks out and put forward a case for Workplace Parking Levy that even OJ Simpson?s lawyers would be proud of.
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