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Are the motorcycle parking bays in Westminster compliant with the Department for Transport policies?

September 10, 2009

We have been visiting the Department for Transport (DfT) website and, more particularly, the pages related to motorcycle parking. How disappointed were we when we noticed that the motorcycle parking bays in Westminster didn’t seem to comply with some of the policies issued by the DfT, and yet, Westminster City Council have been taxing motorcyclists to use these bays for the past twelve months. Let’s have a look at the DfT policies that Westminster City Council seem to have ignored with regards to motorcycle parking:-



At present, the vast majority of motorcycle parking bays in Westminster do not provide any type of security, although the promised installation of security devices by Councillor Danny Chalkley was a key reason to support the introduction of the bike parking tax.

Below is an extract of the DfT policy regarding motorcycle parking security:-

“Motorcycles can be extremely valuable vehicles that are prone to theft. They can be readily lifted into another vehicle, and hence may be subject to organised theft. Security should be one of the foremost considerations for those providing parking facilities for motorcycles. The availability of secure parking spaces is particularly important in areas such as public transport interchanges, workplaces and shopping and entertainment centres where medium to long-term parking may be anticipated” (click here to view the source of this statement).

Well, what is actually the top priority for Westminster City Council in terms of motorcycle parking, provide security or make money by taxing motorcyclists to park? We let you answer this question.



A large number of the motorcycle parking bays in Westminster are reserved for motorcyclists only during the day, between the hours of 8.30am and 7pm. Outside these hours, anyone is allowed to park in these motorcycle bays.

Below is an extract of the DfT policy regarding motorcycle bays restriction:-

“Authorities should consider protecting motorcycle parking areas with bollards or similar restrictions. This will ensure that other vehicles do not conflict with the parked motorcycles, and that the spaces are not used by other vehicles” (click here to view the source of this statement).

Have Westminster City Council actually restricted their motorcycle parking bays so that no other vehicles can use them? Again, we let you answer this question.



The DfT states that “most authorities fund motorcycle parking from their own budgets, including LTP settlements” (click here to view the source of this statement). In the case of Westminster City Council, they seem to have used their own budget, including the income generated by the bike parking tax, to invest in all sorts of areas but motorcycle parking.

We published a post, titled “where’s all the motorcycle parking income in Westminster gone?” where we explained that not a single penny gained from the bike parking tax during the financial year 2008/09 had been specifically reinvested into motorcycle parking, to directly benefit motorcyclists. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the motorcycle parking bays in Westminster do not comply with some of the DfT policies, as Westminster City Council have not invested a penny in them, since the introduction of the bike parking tax.


You may now wonder why on earth are motorcyclists being stealth taxed by Westminster City Council to park their bike? You may also wonder what benefit(s) motorcyclists get for their money?

In previous posts, we showed you what the motorcycle parking facilities in Paris and Barcelona look like and how they comply with the DfT policies, although they are located overseas and their use is free of charge (unlike Westminster’s). Come back soon as we will take you to a major Asian city and show you how great the motorcycle parking facilities are there, in comparison with Westminster’s.


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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One Comment
  1. Andrew Culpeck permalink

    What If you are disabled? How are you supposed to park in Westminster if you can’t guarantee you will not have somone parked next to your bike? The DfT say that bikers should be able to get on and off their bikes, but how if it is not legislated that bikes have individual bays?

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