The purpose of my amendments is to remove provisions for a workplace parking levy from the Transport (Scotland) Bill. Members should be in no doubt that the levy is a regressive tax on workers that will hit the lowest paid hardest. It is not consequence free, it is not a solution to climate change and, far from incentivising modal shift, it penalises those for whom modal shift is not an...
I would like to make some progress first. Nottingham is the only place in the UK to have introduced the levy. In written evidence to this Parliament, the public sector union Unison, said that, in Nottingham, its members found that “increases to the workplace parking levy were widely passed on, had hit members hard and were not applied in a fair way.” The Scottish Trades Union Congress...
I will take the intervention if Mr Finnie can explain why he believes that working people in his region should have to pay to go to their work, when his motoring expenses are covered by the taxpayer.
Labour MSP for West Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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