14 October 2019

The next Scottish Labour government will axe the SNP’s hated car park tax, Richard Leonard has pledged.

The tax is set to come into force after SNP and Green MSPs clubbed together last week to vote down Scottish Labour’s amendments to the Transport Bill which would have seen the plans removed from the legislation.

Although intended for employers, the tax is expected to be passed on to workers who are already struggling to get by. With public transport in a mess after more than a decade of mismanagement from the SNP, many workers have no choice but to travel to work by car.

Scottish Labour will pledge to axe the tax in its manifesto for government at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

Instead of penalising workers, Scottish Labour will build a reliable public transport system that is publicly owned and accountable as well as more affordable, making it far easier to leave the car at home. The next Scottish Labour government will bring our railways into public ownership and build a free bus network for Scotland in a meaningful response to the climate emergency.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“The SNP’s car park tax will hit workers in the pocket just for trying to get to their work.

“Many people across Scotland simply cannot rely on our crumbling transport system because it is more interested in profits than passengers.

“The solution to this problem is not to slap a new tax on getting to work, it is to transform our transport system.

“That is why Scottish Labour will axe the tax in government, bring our railways into public ownership and a build a free bus network to serve communities across the country.

“Only Labour will transform Scotland so our country works for the many, not the few.”
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