UK100's new "Workplace Parking Levy Toolkit" provides a comprehensive guide for local authorities considering the implementation of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), a pioneering initiative that has proven successful in reducing carbon emissions and congestion.
As part of our ongoing commitment to support innovative local authorities going further and faster on Net Zero, this toolkit explores the intricacies of introducing a WPL — a small charge on businesses for each parking space they offer for staff use.
This levy, first introduced by Nottingham City Council in 2012, has been widely regarded as one of the UK's most successful green transport interventions. Despite this success, implementation in other areas has been challenging, underscoring the need for a comprehensive guide.
Drawing on the experiences of Nottingham City Council and insights from Leicester City Council, the toolkit offers practical advice on the benefits of a WPL, communicating the proposal, building a coalition for change, and preparing for and minimising the spread of misinformation.
The toolkit also provides a detailed timeline for implementation, helping local authorities fine-tune the process to fit their own circumstances, needs, and communities. It guides authorities through initial scheme identification, feasibility study, local engagement, business case development, and formal consultation.
We are particularly grateful to Leicester City Council and Nottingham City Council for their generous sharing of experiences, which has greatly enriched the content of this toolkit.
We invite local authorities to delve into the Workplace Parking Levy Toolkit and explore how a WPL can contribute to their Net Zero and clean air goals while tackling congestion and improving public transport.
In addition to the toolkit, here, Nigel Hallam, Nottingham City Council Workplace Parking Levy Service Manager, explains how Nottingham successfully implemented the Workplace Parking Levy.
As always, the UK100 team is here to support you in your journey towards local Net Zero. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.