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Commonweal 10th Oct 2019 read more »
The Scottish government’s transport bill has been approved by MSPs at Holyrood and will become law. So, what is set to change? Old polluting cars to face emission charges; Double parking and pavement parking to be outlawed; Local councils could run bus services; Paying to park at work.
BBC 10th Oct 2019 read more »
LEGISLATION to reform transport in Scotland, including a move to give councils the ability to introduce controversial workplace parking charges, has been approved by MSPs. The Transport (Scotland) Bill passed by 56 votes to 29, with 18 abstentions. It came after MSPs considered hundreds of amendments to the legislation in a seven-hour session at Holyrood on Wednesday. A last-ditch bid to remove the parking levy was defeated by SNP and Green MSPs – with Labour, the Conservatives and the LibDems all having voted for it to be removed.
The National 11th Oct 2019 read more »
Controversial plans to introduce a new tax on workplace parking spaces will be given the go-ahead after efforts to scrap the levy failed. Opposition MSPs tabled a series of amendments in Holyrood aimed at diluting or axing the plans, which will give councils the power to impose a tax on employers. Critics fear this will be passed on to staff. Attempts to halt the levy were defeated by the SNP and the Greens during a mammoth debate lasting seven hours – clearing the way for the tax to be rubber-stamped this afternoon as part of the wide-ranging Transport Bill. Green MSP John Finnie said: “The new powers over workplace parking levies will allow local government in our biggest cities to tackle congestion, air pollution and the climate emergency. “Councils have been asking for these powers for years, and I’m delighted that Greens have been able to deliver this simple and effective change, which will raise much needed funds to improve local public transport services.”
Herald 9th Oct 2019 read more »