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Saturday 22 July 2017

Capital's workers to face €200 parking levy in July

Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

MOTORISTS working in the capital will be hit with the Government's controversial €200 parking levy from July.

Workers whose employers provide them with a parking space will be subject to the controversial new charge, which will have to be deducted from their wages by their employers.

The levy will be piloted in Dublin city this June or July -- 21 months after it was first announced. Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are spared for the time being. Based on its success in Dublin, the levy will then be rolled out in the other four cities.

Some 50,000 parking spaces will be affected by the new levy, which was first announced in October 2008.

"The Department of Finance has recently completed the consultation process in respect of its introduction and Department officials are now preparing the necessary documentation for its introduction on a pilot basis in the Dublin city centre area," said a spokesman.

Employers who fail to deduct the levy from workers' net salary payments after income tax, PRSI, the health levy and the income levy have all been taken will be fined €3,000.

Labour's Ciaran Lynch last night called on Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to abandon the levy, which has been dogged by delays and questions over its practical implementation.

He said hard-pressed workers would now suffer "another reduction in income".

"For people on the minimum wage, they are now potentially offering up another week's wages by paying for actually driving into work."

Workers including teachers, gardai, judges, civil servants and those in the private sector who are entitled to a parking space will have to pay the charge. Those who share spaces will pay a reduced fee of €100.

Responsibility

The only workers exempt from paying the levy are motorists with disabilities, employees of the emergency services, retired persons and workers who use a parking space less than 10 days per year. Employers will have responsibility for working out these rates, based on who uses the spaces and when.

Legislation to be published by Mr Lenihan will oblige employers to deduct the levy from employees who have an entitlement to use employer-provided parking facilities.

Each employer will have to remit the levy deducted to the Office of the Collector-General at the same time and in the same manner as the employer currently remits deductions made under the PAYE system.

Irish Independent

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