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Who said that kerb space comes at a premium in Westminster?

August 19, 2009

We wrote a post a few weeks ago titled “Are Westminster City Council treating motorcyclists like idiots?“, in which we published a video showing the More 4 national news programme in the evening of the 1st July 2009. This followed another demonstration of thousands of motorcyclists, who handed in their individual objection to being stealth taxed for parking in Westminster, with the use of the Verrus pay by phone system, which, we believe, hasn’t been designed at all for this purpose.



Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley, the architect of the bike parking tax in Westminster, advised in the above news programme that “in Westminster, we [the Council] occupy a very unique position in the centre of the UK’s capital. We [the Council] have inmense pressures and we have to manage the kerb space around us, and I think it’s quite right that motorcyclists should make a contribution towards the cost of maintaining and enforcing a parking capacity for them on the streets of Westminster“.

During one of our daily promenades in the streets of Westminster, we came across a motorcycle parking bay that was partly covered in all sort of stuff but bikes.


Rubbish in bays 3


One of our readers also came across another bike parking bay, which was partly covered in dirty and smelly rubbish.


Rubbish in bays 1

Rubbish in bays 2


We were quite shocked, to say the least, to see our bays being used for other purposes than parking motorbikes and scooters, when many motorcyclists have bought an annual permit for £100 to be able to park their bike in these bays. And what actually chocked us even more, was that these bike parking bays had no temporary suspension signs, which we think they should have had, while they were being used for other (polluting) purposes.

Chalkley must indeed have inmense pressures to manage the kerb space in Westminster, as the so much valued motorcycle parking space, that now comes at a premium, seems to have (discreetly) become multi-purpose. We must admit that, if we were him, we would not be too concerned about this, as a large number of motorcyclists have bought an annual parking permit for £100, which is, of course, non-refundable, when they can’t find a free parking space for their bike. Needless to say that, when no parking space is available due to parking bays being used for other purposes, motorcyclists may have no choice but park in car bays and pay the car parking fares (which are more expensive), or else, park illegally and be issued with a PCN (Penalty Charge Notice). Some No To Bike Parking Tax campaigners have released the following short video on, which we believe describes Westminster’s financial strategy very well.



Please join and support the legal fight to get the bike parking tax in Westminster scrapped before it spreads all over the UK and the European Union. For further details, visit

Soutenez et participez au proces dont le but est de forcer la mairie de Westminster a supprimer la taxe de stationnement des deux-roues avant que le concept ne se propage a travers le Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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