After claims that several cities in England are set to charge motorists up to £350 a year to park at work, transport secretary Philip Hammond is today said to be considering tightening the rules to make such charges harder to implement.
He has reportedly told government officials to draft guidelines to protect businesses from local authorities. Councils would not be able to bring in new taxes on motorists and businesses without full consultation, according to The Telegraph.
Nottingham City Council is already bringing in a workplace parking levy, which is set to cost companies with more than 11 places at their place of business £250 a year from 2012, rising to £301 by 2014.
Currently the Department for Transport has to approve any such scheme, which it has in the case of the Nottingham parking levy, but in the future councils would have to prove that they have the support of local businesses before approval is given.