blackbike wrote:Why should employers be taxed because of the free choices of their employees to use a car to travel to work?
Because it's often the free choice of the employer to provide car parking spaces or locate themselves in places which are difficult to reach by active or public transport. They are benefitting in various ways and shouldn't they pay for it, rather than society?
blackbike wrote:It wasn't the employers in my city centre who made people all buy cars and cause all the traffic congestion and parking difficulties we now have.
These environmentally damaging and socially irresponsible things were cause by thousands of people freely choosing to abandon more appropriate forms of transport and electing to use a car instead, and to use that car every day on the streets of the city during rush hour.
No such thing as freely choosing. Incentives were provided and infrastructure subsidised.
blackbike wrote:Councils should focus on the cause of the current problems - the people who choose to use cars. Actively making car usage and car ownership more convenient by providing residents parking schemes was a big mistake, about as poorly thought out as most other transport related things councils do,
More convenient? Surely providing residents parking schemes makes car usage less convenient by increasing costs and reducing the pool of free parking at destinations?
blackbike wrote:In the local town which has the headquarters of my council the only large employer which provides free parking for its workforce is the council itself!
Of course, councils should be subject to the same regime as other employers.