Police fear workplace parking levy will increase risks to officers

Controversial plans for a workplace parking levy could risk the “safety and security” of police, the body representing rank-and-file officers has claimed.

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) hit out after the proposals – being put forward by the Greens as part of their budget deal with the Scottish Government – failed to include an exemption for police officers.

Calum Steele, SPF general secretary, said:

“It is difficult to comprehend how any politician could support a proposal that increases risks to the safety and security of police officers.

“The reality of the threat against police officers is real and ought not to be ignored in such a cavalier manner.”

Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said:

"it is hard to think of a policy that is more hated than the SNP’s car park tax”.

“Police Scotland has already endured significant upheaval, cuts to budgets, and now their members face a tax for turning up to work.

“Obviously police officers work anti-social hours and will not be able to use public transport during those hours.

“This is yet another giant slap in the face from the SNP, for police officers who regularly risk their own safety for ours.”

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