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Come on MCIA, wake up! Bike parking is a serious issue in Westminster!

September 1, 2009

We have come across a press release recently issued by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA), which comprises 150 manufacturers and importers of mopeds, motorbikes and scooters in the United Kingdom, and represent about 90% of the UK industry. One would expect an organisation of this size to listen to their end customers, and represent their needs and wants when and where necessary. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case and, as keen motorcyclists, we have been very disappointed by the MCIA position to date, with regards to the motorcycle parking tax introduced by Westminster City Council in August 2008, which has been the subject of massive opposition, with thousands of motorcyclists (being the MCIA’s end customers) demonstrating in the streets of Central London every month.

Warren Djanogly, chairman of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, wrote to the MCIA to ask them to support the campaign against the introduction of a stealth tax on motorcycle parking by Westminster City Council, and yet we are told that the MCIA’s reply was one that demonstrated a complete misunderstanding and ignorance of the issue. How can they claim to represent 150 manufacturers and importers of mopeds, motorbikes and scooters in the UK, if they are totally unable to realise that thousands of their end customers are deeply opposed to the introduction of a tax on motorcycle parking in Westminster, or anywhere in the UK? Is this just ignorance or complete lack of business sense? As motorcyclists ourselves, the impression that we have of the MCIA, is that all they seem to be interested in is make sure that as many bikes as possible are sold every month, no matter how their end customers feel about issues that affect them once they’ve bought their bike. In order to be successful in the long term, an organisation must listen to its customers, support and deliver what they want. Is this what the MCIA has actually been doing, when thousands of their end customers have been demonstrating in the streets of Central London for the past twelve months to express their opposition to being stealth taxed on parking by Westminster City Council? No, we don’t think so, and we are absolutely shocked, to say the least, by the lack of support shown by the MCIA to date with regards to motorcycle parking in Westminster.

Their latest press release reflects a serious misunderstanding of the issue. Quoting their own words “it is important that the Government and employers recognise the contribution riders are making to ensure workers are getting to the ‘office’ quicker and cheaper than some of their colleagues. Cheaper parking, secure and covered parking and access to bus lanes are just some of the small steps that will improve a biker’s experience”. So the MCIA is asking the Government to recognise the contribution riders are making, and yet have, to date, failed to back up the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, which is precisely a group of riders protesting at bike parking charges imposed on them by a Local Government authority!

According to the same press release, MCI spokeperson Sheila Rainger said that “motorcycle and scooter riders are capitalising on the cost-effective, practical benefits of using a powered two-wheeler during some of the busiest times of the day”. This sounds like pure hypocrisy to us, because motorbikes and scooters are becoming a more and more expensive form of transport in the UK, due to stealh taxes being imposed on them by local authorities such as Westminster City Council. The MCIA has simply failed to recognise a serious issue that, if implemented permanently and nationally, will cost UK riders £93 million in parking charges every single year, according to the Tax Payers’ Alliance. Needless to say that the £93 million riders will spend on parking charges all over the UK will not go to the MCIA (as it would have been), but into the Government’s pocket instead.

We urge all our readers to write to the MCIA without delay to let them know your views on the bike parking tax in Westminster, and how it affects you on a daily basis as riders (you will find all contact details below). Remember, bikers are their end customers, we are the ones who pay their wages, so in return, they’ve got to listen to us.

MCIA contacts (we obtained the details below from the last mass e-mail sent by the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign):-

CEO of the MCIA, Steve Kenward, s.kenward@mcia.co.uk.

The MCIA board members include the following individuals:-

  • Tara Glen – Tara.Glen@barrus.co.uk (E P Barrus Ltd)
  • Howard Dale – hdale@kawasaki.co.uk (Kawasaki Motors Europe N.V.)
  • Tony Campbell – campbell@piaggio.co.uk (Piaggio Ltd)
  • Steve Martindale – steve.martindale@honda-eu.com (Honda (UK) Ltd)
  • David Taylor – david.taylor@suzuki.co.uk (Suzuki GB Plc)
  • Andrew Smith – andrew.smith@yamaha-motor.co.uk (Yamaha Motor UK Ltd)
  • Adrian Roderick – adrian.roderick@bmw.co.uk (BMW)
  • Peter Rivers-Fletcher – peter@watsonian-squire.com (Watsonian Squire Ltd/Royal Enfield)
  • Norman Hyde – norman@normanhyde.co.uk (Norman Hyde Ltd)
  • Graham Matcham – gmatcham@coopertire.com (Cooper Avon Tyres)
  • Steve Harris – steve@harris-performance.com (Harris Performance)
  • Henry Rivers-Fletcher – henry@oxprod.com (Oxford Products)
  • Bill Hawker – bill.hawker@tranam.co.uk (Tran Am Ltd)
  • Simon Jackson – simonjackson@carolenash.com (Carole Nash)
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    Source (click to view):-

    MCIA press release – August 2009

     

    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 http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

    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 http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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