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CBI lashes parking tax plans

GOVERNMENT PLANS to tax company parking spaces are anti-business and should be scrapped, said business leaders at this week's Confederation of British Industry conference.

In a document published on Tuesday, the CBI described the parking tax plans as a 'blunt, inflexible instrument targeted specifically at business rather than all road users.'

Original plans to tax company car parking spaces were published in the Government's Transport White Paper document in July (NCE 23/30 July).

Other delegates urged the Government to stop increasing vehicle excise duty as a way of curbing road use. One, from haulage firm Geodisc, said some truck owners will start registering their vehicles in other European states to avoid further increases.

Tesco chief executive Terry Leahy told the conference that his company had made a big effort to cut road use by its truck fleet, reducing the number of deliveries to each of its stores from 250 per week to 40 over the last 10 years.

He warned that Tesco would lose its competitiveness if it had to pay tax on employee car parking spaces.

He also said that local authorities were not doing enough to develop integrated transport policies. Tesco recently offered

to help one council finance bus service improvements, but the authority decided it wanted to spend the money on traffic

calming instead.

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