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Can jealousy be a reason for the bike parking tax in Westminster?

October 17, 2009

We have always been amazed by the attitude of some people towards motorcyclists. Almost every morning on our way to work, someone shouts at us on the roads. It could be a car, bus or lorry driver, or even a bus commuter. We believe we do absolutely nothing wrong with riding a motorcycle, and when we prepared for our bike test, we were told that we had exactly the same rights as any other road user.

But this doesn’t seem to be the opinion of all road users. How many times have we been insulted on the roads simply because we overtook the car that was in front of us? How many times have we been shouted at while filtering through the traffic? It’s absolutely unbelievable. The vast majority of four wheeled vehicle owners believe that they have every right on the roads, and have the priority over motorcyclists. No you don’t, guys, so please stop shouting at us, would you!

Motorcycles offer a fast, reliable, cheap and convenient mode of transport, that relieves congestion and reduces pollution. Motorcycles are the solution to road congestion and air pollution in large cities such as London, and we strongly believe that their use should be encouraged, not discouraged by other road users who keep shouting at us for no reason, or by parking charges such as the ones introduced by Westminster City Council last year.

We are amazed by the number of people we meet on a daily basis, who keep moaning about the inefficiency and high cost of the London public transport, the heavy traffic on the roads, the polluted air they breathe. Most mornings, I receive a phone call or a text message from at least one member of my staff to advise that they’re stuck on the train or bus and they’ll be at work late. In the summer, commuters come in to work with wet shirts, after having sweat on the train for one hour, stuck like sardines and being pushed by other passengers trying to get on the train. Not to mention when there’s a tube strike, and commuters are forced to get on over-crowded buses or walk miles to get to work. What a horrible quality of life that these people have!

We are lucky enough to be on a bike and avoid all the hassle described above. Enjoy our freedom every day, travel within London without hassle, at a time of the day or night that is convenient to us, without worrying about catching the last train, signal failures, delays, strikes, expensive travel cards, catching viruses or bacteria because people keep sneezing or coughing on us. Since we decided to commute by motorcycle, we have been very rarely sick and we are never stressed out because of the fear of arriving at a meeting or at work late. What a great quality of life that we have!


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But some people have been trying to compromise the freedom that motorcyclists have always enjoyed since bikes were created. These people, while they suffer from misery on the crap and expensive public transport, or get stuck in the traffic for hours while driving their car or sitting on the bus, have imposed a parking tax on motorcyclists, in a view to discouraging the use of bikes, because they are jealous of bikers who enjoy the benefits of a cheap, fast and reliable mode of transport. If you think that motorcyclists should pay to park because car drivers do, then you should ask yourself whether you are, in fact, jealous of motorcyclists. We know that many car drivers, tube and bus commuters are jealous of motorcyclists because they enjoy a cheap, fast and reliable mode of transport, and for this reason, they do everything they possibly can to make the life of bikers hell.

This is exactly the case of the Conservative Councillors at Westminster City Council. Has Councillor Danny Chalkley, the man who dared to introduce the first ever bike parking tax in Europe, ever put his bum on a motorcycle? Probably not, otherwise he wouldn’t be treating motorcyclists in the way he has been. Stealth taxing motorcyclists in a view to discouraging the use of bikes and raising revenue is, in our opinion, nothing but pure jealousy. All the Tory Councillors in Westminster, who voted in favour of the bike parking tax, are just jealous of us, bikers. They sit in their office, behind their desk, making decisions on motorcycle parking, without having the slightest clue of the many benefits that motorcycles can bring to London. Yes we go faster on the roads than you do, no we don’t get stuck in traffic for hours like you do, no we don’t pay the congestion charge like you do, no we don’t pollute the environment and congest the roads like you do with your cars. So come on guys, get over it, bikes are the transport solution! Stop being jealous of us, because you’re scared of sitting on a bike or you have a miserable life, and stop moaning at us because we have a better quality of life than you do. Yes we do have a much better quality of life than you do, and what? Get over it, such is life, and if you’re not happy, move your arse and buy a bike, but please don’t ever try to compromise the freedom of bikers, by making money on them. We are not cash cows, we are people who are keen to benefit the environment and have a good quality of life. So leave us alone and sort yourselves out!

Westminster’s bike parking tax is simply a cynical attack on the freedom of motorcyclists by a bunch of jealous and envious bureaucrates. The No To Bike Parking Tax campaign will not go away until our freedom is fully restored.

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Campaign logoPlease 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 31st October 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 31 octobre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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