A Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) is an annual fee charged to employers by the local authority for spaces used for employee parking. Nottingham is the only UK city currently with a WPL.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing a WPL in Cambridge as part of a wider strategy to help reduce congestion, which is currently impacting on businesses, journey times and the environment.
We will work with businesses to develop a Workplace Parking Levy for Cambridge.
Benefits for Residents and Commuters
Benefits for Businesses
Research on a proposal for a Greater Cambridge Workplace Parking Levy, with feedback from employers, is currently being developed. The WPL is currently envisaged to be applied in the area slightly larger than the Cambridge City boundary, the area bounded by the A14 and M11, an area where alternatives to driving are more likely to be available.
As a guide, the Nottingham scheme charges an annual fee of £375 per space, equivalent to around £1.50 per working day or an annual bus pass. Only employers with ten spaces or more are affected and some organisations are exempt, including emergency services.
Under a WPL, the employer is charged for their staff car parking spaces and then chooses whether to absorb or pass all or part of the cost on to their employees. Visitor and customer parking spaces are not included in the scheme.
The funds raised from a Workplace Parking Levy must by law be used for local transport. The Greater Cambridge Partnership will work with employers to determine how to use the revenue raised, but examples could be subsidised public transport, new public transport routes and cycle parking.
The tyres and wheels of bikes in an on-street rack
A view out across the Cambridge skyline
Road surface sign directing cycle traffic
It is estimated that developing the scheme and introducing the infrastructure required to run it would take between three and five years.
Residents, businesses and commuters are welcome to get involved with City Access.
Find out more on the get involved page.
F U N D I N G
Workplace Parking Levy is part of the City Access eight-point plan. City Access currently has a budget of approximately £10m.
The budget for a Cambridge Workplace Parking Levy will be reviewed as the project progresses and detailed plans are worked up.
A: It is envisaged that the levy will be charged to employers, as in Nottingham. It is up to the employer to decide if the cost is passed on to the employee.
A: As the WPL is still in a very early stage of development, details such as exemptions will be discussed in detail later on in the process.
A: As the WPL is still in a very early stage of development, details such as strategy will be discussed in detail later on in the process.
A: The initial funding to implement these schemes will largely come from the Greater Cambridge Partnership budget. The monies then raised from the WPL, for example, can then be used to maintain and improve, where necessary, the projects that are in place.