The Scottish Retail Consortium this week welcomed a Scottish parliamentary committee's report criticising plans for staff car parking levies. The Scottish transport and environmental committee said the executive had not made a convincing case for reducing congestion by introducing a charge for using workplace spaces. Patrick Browne, SCR director, said: "Proposals for workplace car parking charges will place retailers in the invidious position of having to decide whether to pass the cost of the parking charges onto their staff or their customers." Stage two of the report ­ after consideration by transport minister Sarah Boyack ­ will cover tolls for customer car parking. Browne said that if local authorities get the go-ahead to charge retailers for staff parking, the levy is likely to be imposed after local elections in 2002. He added: "The SRC supports time sensitive congestion charges, not a blanket car parking levy.". {{NEWS }}