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Where’s all the motorcycle parking income in Westminster gone?

August 25, 2009

We have come across a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to Westminster City Council, which we find absolutely unbelievable. The FOI request, which was asking for a detailed breakdown of how the revenue generated by the motorcycle parking tax in Westminster was actually spent during the financial year 2008/09, was originally submitted on 23rd May 2009, and a first response came out on 6th August 2009, after the author chased the Council five times at regular intervals. Westminster City Council’s initial response was, in our opinion, astonishing in that they claimed not to hold the information requested, as if they just didn’t have a clue of how they spent the parking income taken from motorcyclists. So it took the Council almost three months to answer this FOI request (as opposed to the statutory twenty working days allowed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000), and all this delay to advise that they didn’t hold the information! Should the author of this FOI hadn’t chased like they did, it would, without a doubt, have remained unanswered. This, in our opinion, constitutes a clear breach of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and, as the FOI request is parking related, we can only assume that Councillor Chalkley’s department is entirely responsible for this cock-up. The bit that we find really amazing is that the Council doesn’t seem to keep any records of where the funds invested came from, since they put all the parking income in the same pot. This must make the Council’s management accounts, used for decision-making purposes, look very interesting indeed.

But this is not all. The author wrote back to Westminster City Council on 9th August 2009, to request a full and detailed breakdown of the £34 million revenue generated from parking during the financial year 2008/09. We now understand why Westminster City Council were so reluctant to answer the original question, which was to provide a full and detailed breakdown of how the revenue generated by the motorcycle parking tax had been spent during the financial year 2008/09. It appears, per their latest response dated 19th August 2009, that not a single penny gained from the bike parking tax has been specifically reinvested into motorcycle parking, to directly benefit motorcyclists. seriously question the need for this stealth tax on bikers, for which the revenue is obviously not used to improve motorcycle parking conditions in Westminster, contrary to what Conservative Councillor Chalkley keeps saying. We let you draw your own conclusions.

Come back soon and we will show you the kind of parking facilities that are available to motorcyclists in other European cities, free of charge, and compare them with the ones provided by Westminster City Council, in exchange for a ridiculous fee.

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FOI request


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. The next demonstration is on 30th September 2009, don’t miss it! 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. La prochaine manifestation aura lieu le 30 septembre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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