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Motorcycle parking security devices: will Westminster City Council ever provide them?

September 27, 2009

In their response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, Westminster City Council advised the following:-

“Westminster Council car parks have CCTV, which is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and with trained attendants. All of the Westminster City Council car parks have been awarded the Safer Car Park award”.

Based on the above statement, a motorcyclist would assume to be able to park their motorbike or scooter in any Council owned car park safely, without worring about their bike being possibly damaged or knocked over. After all, with Westminster’s trained attendants and fantastic CCTV system working 24/7, which they seem to be so proud of, a motorcyclist should be able to park their bike in any Westminster owned car park with complete peace of mind. This is how we understand Westminster City Council’s statement above, given that all their car parks have been given the safer car park award.

Were Westminster car parks given that award before someone found a motorbike laid down on the floor, after having been knocked over by a car? If Westminster’s CCTV system (which is working 24/7) and their so well trained attendants were so efficient, this incident would have been dealt with straight away, instead of leaving the bike in this position and let the car driver get away with it. Or could it be that the CCTV system in the Queensway car park is not fit for purpose and is the result of £15 million tax payers’ money wasted by Councillor Chalkley?


Motorbike legally parked and found on the floor inside Queensway car park

Motorbike found on the floor in a dedicated parking bay, inside Queensway car park


Bike in Queensway car park.

Motorbike found on the floor in a dedicated parking bay, inside Queensway car park


In another FOI request, we found out that Westminster City Council had no intention whatsoever to install security devices in underground car parks, although they have claimed for the past twelve months that the main reason for introducing a charge on motorcycle parking is specifically to fund the installation of security devices for motorbikes and scooters. Below is an extract of the Council’s response to an FOI request asking the date when security devices for bikes are due to be installed in underground car parks:-

“There are no plans to introduce ground anchors or other types of security devices for PTWs (Powered Two Wheelers)”.

So here we go, millions of pounds have been taken from motorcyclists to park their bike in Westminster, and yet the promised security devices, to be funded from the revenue generated by the bike parking tax, will not be installed.

The above statement is to be read together with what is actually said on the Council’s website regarding security devices for motorbikes and scooters:-

“We will continue to install security devices at dedicated motorcycle bays where appropriate and practicable”. Click here to view the statement on the Westminster City Council website.

In the light of the above, this is how describes Westminster parking services:-




How would you describe them?


Sources (click to view):-

FOI request re CCTV and trained attendants in Westminster car parks

FOI request re no security devices for bikes in Westminster car parks

Photos obtained from private forum

 £15 million wasted in CCTV system


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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