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Son Of Congestion Charge? Andy Burnham Clears The Air


Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has denied that he is considering a workplace car parking levy, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The report comes almost exactly 10 years after Greater Manchester voters rejected plans for a London-style congestion charge in a referendum, with 79% voting against.

The denial comes as Burnham responds to a legal requirement to draw up a clean air plan, considering various options to improve air quality.

A workplace parking levy would differ from the congestion charge by making employers, rather than individual motorists, responsible for payment.

Nottingham already operates a workplace parking levy, currently set at £402 a year per parking place. Any employer with land or premises in Nottingham who offers employee parking spaces, car park spaces for regular business visitors, or for students on apprenticeships or training, must obtain a license.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Transport for Greater Manchester, the mayoral transport body, said a draft clean air plan would be prepared for March, followed by consultation and a final version by December.