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The parking rules in Westminster are only for the public

September 2, 2009

One of our readers has forwarded on to us a rather interesting picture, which shows a City of Westminster vehicle, parked on double yellow lines and the pavement at the same time. Oh mon Dieu, quel choc! Incroyable!


CoW truck


The picture shows that the vehicle was parked with the driver’s door widely open and reaching the wall, thus completely blocking the footway.

We are told by our reader that they couldn’t resist from walking back, 45 minutes later, to check if the vehicle was still parked there and, more importantly, if it had been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). Yes it was still there, and no it had not been issued with a PCN. We let you guess what would have happened to a motorist or motorcyclist, should they had parked their vehicle in this manner. In our opinion, they would have been issued with a PCN, “Code 622 – Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway – two wheels on footway”. The vehicle might also have been taken to the pound, with an additional fine payable by the driver.

Oh well, it looks like there’s one set of parking rules for the public and one set of parking rules for Westminster staff. And for 18 Conservative Councillors, it may well be free parking!


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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  1. William McAlister permalink

    What really makes me laugh is the way it says “SAFE STREETS” on the front and sides of the truck. Do they think they are making the streets safer by blocking the pavement like that? Maybe it’s some sort of logic that only Westminster Council understands. It looks bloody dangerous to me! I’m not allowed to park my moped on the pavement against a wall where it is not causing an obstruction, yet this huge lorry gets away with parking like this… and for at least 45 minutes you say. Westminster City Council needs to realise that they are not exempt from the rules. It’s seeing things like this that really annoys the public as WCC should be setting an example!

  2. MrC permalink

    Maybe the driver is keeping death off the road by driving on the pavement 🙂

    This is no joke though. The driver would probably argue “I was only doing my job”, but I am only trying to do my job when I park up my motorbike each day in a motorcycle bay. But that won’t stop the CEO’s waiting for me to leave my bike so they can check if I have a valid ticket!

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