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The analysis of workplace parking charges and their effects on business decisions with respect to reducing traffic levels

Charlotte Craig

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The objective of this research was to assess whether charging for workplace parking is a feasible policy for reducing traffic levels and encouraging modal change.  Specifically the proposed method for implementing this policy was the use of a bidding system to determine the charge structure required in order to reduce the number of parking places by quantifiable amounts.  In such a system, companies state the price that they would be willing to pay to keep 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of their parking places. The intended effect of the charging system would be that parking places would be decommissioned by firms who were unwilling to pay the associated charge and/ or there would be an increased cost of driving to work through companies passing on the charges of retained parking places.

The data was collected using a questionnaires sent to 267 businesses in Leeds and achieved a 13.6% response rate.

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