Tax all corporate parking spaces within the St Helier Ring Road - use funds to subsidise school buses

Why should those typically higher earners receive the added benefit of a parking space at their place of work as a tax-free benefit, while those that are typically on the lower wages have to face the battle to find a parking space in town everyday, pay for it c£9/day and then make the walk to work (c.£2000/yr based on 46 weeks of parking).

All corporate and private parking spaces within the St Helier ring road should be taxed at double the amount of an annual season pass. It should be the company that owns/ rents that space that suffers the tax charge. They can then decide if they wish to accept that additional cost, or they can pass some or all of it on to the individual that has the space. There could be concessions given if the company gives up x% of their parking spaces to bike or disabled parking. The bike parking should also include the provision of showers/changing facilities and a drying area for wet clothes.

Any charges levied on the corporates should NOT be a tax deductible expense.

It is not beyond imagination to believe that there are c.2000 corporate parking spaces within the St Helier Ring Road (St Helier TownHall may have the rates assessment to better inform).

At an annual cost of £4000 that would mean a tax receipt of £8mn. Assuming car parking charges are to increase further to a more realistic price of £1.5/hr (still cheap by UK standards) then annual tax receipts could reach £12.4mn which would more than offset the cost of a free bus service for under 18s or those in education (incl. further education).

Why the contribution is important

It reduces the ever-widening gap between the haves and the havbe nots by taxing those higher earners or their companies for a luxury that cannot be afforded when the funds raised can be used for the greater good.

Charges on corporate parking spaces are levied the world over and Jersey should not be an exception.

by Chos on February 18, 2021 at 11:22PM

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  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 19, 2021 at 15:09

    I would say we should introduce a parking levy scheme for central St Helier (within the ring road and just outside the ring road too).

    For residences, any property is permitted to have one tax-free space per two bedrooms, but needs to get a parking license to do so. The parking license will outline how many cars are permitted to be parked there. Any extra parking spaces would have a levy attached to it (maybe two zones, one in the town centre which would be slightly more expensive than the standard season pass and one for the outer edges of town which would be less expensive). Exemptions apply for blue badge holders. Noone is allowed to park on an unlicensed property and no more cars than permitted by the license are allowed on the licensed property.
  • Posted by Jerriaisjanne February 19, 2021 at 15:11

    And you're right that it can be used to fund public transport. The funding should first go to a regular round-town bus route and the remainder to go to making public transport as cheap as possible.
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