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WPL evasion a criminal offence

Date: 01 June 2011

Employers who breach the workplace parking levy in Nottingham could be committing a criminal offence.

Registering false information will be a criminal matter as will obstructing an officer's entry.

The information is found in a new handbook for businesses about the £279-per-space charge, which will be introduced in April 2012.

It said: "Employers that deliberately submit false or misleading information in connection with an application (for example, in order to reduce or avoid paying a WPL charge) are committing a criminal offence."

Employers without a licence or who breach their licence will also be fined but under civil contraventions rather than criminal law. Culprits will be forced to pay 50% of the annual charge per unlicensed place for each day a contravention occurs.

Nottingham City Council added: "Compliance and enforcement checks will be carried out to ensure that employers have licensed and declared the correct number of workplace parking places and are complying with the conditions of the licence.

"These checks will be carried out at premises routinely, or where we believe breaches of the WPL scheme may be taking place."

The WPL only applies to firms with 11 or more spaces, but smaller companies still need a licence.

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