18 Dec 2012

Adelaide parking tax mooted in state budget

12:01 pm on 18 December 2012

The state government in South Australia is to impose a new tax on car parking in Adelaide.

Parking spaces in the centre of Adelaide will be subject to a tax to raise cash for public transport infrastructure.

AAP reports the tax will apply to all inner-city parking spaces, including off-street and multi-level carparks from July 2014.

At $A750 per year for each parking space, about $A2 per day, the tax will raise about $A25.7 million per year.

Treasurer Jack Snelling said the measure will be included in a mid-year budget review on Thursday.

"Each year we want more people to turn to public transport as a means of coming into the city or going to different locations and we need to make sure our public transport interchanges have enough spaces for people to park their car and catch a bus, train or tram to where they want to go," he said.

Mr Snelling said the levy will reduce CBD congestion and recognise the cost to the government to upgrade the city's public transport.

AAP reports the levy is expected to be passed on to motorists through increased parking fees.