Some of you may have noticed recently Nottingham City Council quietly slip a leaflet on the Workplace Parking Levy through your letter box. The unpopular scheme is an attempt by the Council to create funding for an extension to the existing tram system, the redevelopment of Nottingham Railway Station and supporting the Link bus network. The leaflet is aimed at employers who provide 10 or fewer workplace parking places, although these businesses/organisations will be required to apply for a license, they will receive a 100% discount from the charge. Those employers who provide 11 or more workplace parking places will be required to pay the charge for all of their parking spaces from the 1st April 2012, but importantly they must have a license by 1st October 2011. The leaflet is the first step by the council to create momentum for the registration process, which opened on the 1st July. Before employers can make an application, however, there is certain information you will need to hand. In particular: the names, addresses and contact details of any employers you are associated with, and you WPL or valid business rates number. For more information visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/wpl and see ‘Information for Employers.’ There are some exemptions; spaces for blue badge holders are excluded (but still must be licensed), frontline emergency services and NHS premises. Parking permits are not required for spaces unoccupied by a vehicle or if they are occupied by exempt vehicles (used by customers, occasional business visitors, delivery drivers etc). Business visitors are also exempt, however, there is a strict definition of who exactly is a visitor. A regular place of work is determined as a place where a visitor parks at and attends on three or more days over a 14 day consecutive period. Also if it can be proved that a business visitor is contracted to work for six weeks or fewer, and is not subsequently contracted again within a three month period, then they would also be regarded as an occasional business visitor. Importantly for employers, it is a charge on the organisation, but it is up to the employer how to absorb the costs, and whether or not they choose to pass the charge onto the employee or the customer. For more independent information on parking in Nottingham visit www.parkingnottingham.com If you have any further queries, or you are interested in parking opportunities in the centre of Nottingham please contact David at Exeid Business Services.