Parking levy on out-of-town retail outlets would raise more than €16m a year - An Taisce's Pre-Budget submission

18th September 2013
Press Release

Implementing Government policy for a parking levy to help level the playing field between out-of-town retail outlets and town centre shops would yield at least €16m a year, An Taisce has told Government in its pre-budget submission.

In a detailed document, An Taisce has set out how the application of a retail parking levy at six of the largest out-of-town retail outlets near Dublin, Cork and Limerick cities could raise €16.68m, adding that 85% of the revenue could be directed to local government with the other 15% going to the central exchequer.

According to An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland, the parking levy should operate in much the same way as the plastic bag charge. For retail centres with more than 100 spaces it would be passed through to customers at a rate of 50 cents per hour, dropping to 45 cents for out-of-town shopping malls with 50 to 100 spaces.

The recommendations are part of a comprehensive package of measures proposed for inclusion in the upcoming Budget on 15 Oct, with other initiatives covering the following areas:

  • taxing vacant/derelict sites,

  • bringing older buildings back into use,

  • supporting family farms,

  • applying the solid fuel carbon tax fairly,

  • buying new hybrid buses,

-enhancing the Cycle to Work scheme, and

  • stopping the spread of highly-damaging invasive species.

ENDS

For further information, please call:

Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce +353 87 2411995

James Nix, Policy Director, An Taisce Tel: +353 86 8394129

Email: publicaffairs@antaisce.org

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland

www.antaisce.ie

A one page summary is below and you can Download An Taisce's 2013 Pre-budget.
http://www.antaisce.ie/Portals/0/Documents/Downloads/2013-9-18_ATPre%20Budget%20Submission.pdf