COMMISSION FOR Integrated Transport chairman Professor David Begg has urged the Government to rethink its workplace parking charge guidance.
Speaking at the 'Workplace parking: charging ahead' conference held by the Centre for Transport Policy, Begg said that charging alone was not enough to reduce congestion and would simply become a means for local authorities to raise revenue.
Begg's comments followed views from local authorities, private sector and other groups attending the conference - many of which also had reservations about the Government's plans.
Brain Parbutt, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said: 'Workplace parking levies are a tool in a package to deal with transport problems in a city.'
'On their own they won't solve congestion problems, especially with the volumes of traffic that are predicted for future years.'
Michelle Dix of Halcrow Fox & Associates also pointed to recent research which suggested that a £3,000 a year charge in central London would only reduce morning peak traffic by 4% in the centre and by 2% in inner London.