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Bikers demand a public inquiry against Westminster City Council and Partners in Parking (PiP)

December 4, 2009

The No To Bike Parking Tax campaign has today published a 150 pages report which will be handed to the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) on Monday 7th December 2009 (further details here), to demand a public inquiry into the way the Verrus pay by phone parking contract was implemented in Westminster and the Partners in Parking (PiP) scheme has been running which, in exchange for the payment of a fee to Westminster City Council, any other council can join and benefit from the rubbish Verrus pay by phone parking system. Not only Westminster City Council failed to conduct the tendering process required by European Union law at the time they implemented Verrus as their pay by phone parking solution, but the PiP scheme, lead by the Westminster parking chums, blatantly encourages other councils to adopt Verrus, in exchange for a rather high fee, without going through the necessary tendering process, which may make the overall scheme completely illegal. And do you think Westminster City Council would warn their partners that they’re about to join a potentially illegal scheme? Of course not, but we know that a few bikers have made sure that the PiP members, who will be attending the PiP meeting on Monday 7th December 2009 in the morning at Westminster City Hall, are fully briefed before they attend.

It is our understanding that the DCLG initially funded PiP, but what has Westminster City Council done with the dosh? Instead of implementing a nice idea, which consists of harmonising the parking regulations across boroughs, they have implemented a scheme that may be in breach of European Union law, because of the lack of tendering process. But why would we, bikers, care about it? Because these dishonest Westminster bureaucrats have decided to use the Verrus pay by phone technology to stealth tax bikers to park, in order to boost their parking revenue and make the (illegal?) PiP scheme more attractive to other councils. So not only Westminster Council gets additional parking revenue from bikers, but they also get a nice fee in their pocket every time a council joins their (illegal?) PiP scheme. Nice one, isn’t it?

Westminster City Council have indeed gone a step too far, as none of this dirt would have been discovered if Councillor Danny Chalkley, assisted by Alastair Gilchrist and Kevin Goad, had not imposed a parking tax on motorcyclists to park in what used to be a first class borough, and tried to desparately spread it across London and beyond through their potentially illegal PiP scheme.

So well done to them, not only these guys have made themselves known all over London for their grave mistake, but also in Europe, as the Commission of the European Communities have launched an investigation into a complaint raised against the member state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland for violations of Directives 2004/18/EC of the European Parliament & of the Council of March 2004 on the co-ordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts & public service contracts with respect to the award of the pay by phone contract by Westminster City Council on behalf of PiP. The case number for this investigation is SG-CDC-2008A-7695 — GESTDEM 2009/5139, in case you’re keen to find out more.

So it’s not only bikers who have an issue with the Westminster parking guys, other members of the public seem to have one as well… Will Conservative lead Westminster City Council still be regarded as the golden council by David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party?

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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 7th December 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 7 decembre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez  http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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7 Comments
  1. Thierry Muller permalink

    the sh*t is really hitting the fan now in Westminster Council, and it is only just starting !!
    I hope they get what they deserve !

  2. Mark permalink

    I think WCC are getting into very deep trouble. Why not have scrapped the bike parking tax earlier and listened to the opposition, instead of putting themselves in this horrible position?

  3. Raja permalink

    I live in Canada and I am absolutely horrified by what this Westminster Council in London has been doing. They have absolutely no sense of environmental issues, they have no idea of how to address them. Frankly, the whole thing is absolutely shocking, and now they may end up facing legal action! A lot of people in Canada are following this very closely, and I have seen an article about it in the news.

  4. James permalink

    I’m looking forward to the Partnerships in Parking meeting on Monday, I can’t wait to see Cllr Chalkleys face when he sees how many bikers have attended. And then of course in the evening there’s the big ride out protest in the City of Westminster where hundreds, if not thousands, of motorcycle and moped riders will ride through the streets of Westminster to protest about the bike parking fees. I’m so pleased that there are so many supporters out there that won’t let Westminster City Council get away with this tax on powered two wheelers. I’m sure other London councils will take note of the opposition to motorcycle bay parking charges and will think twice before trying to introduce a similar charging scheme.

  5. Dutch Guy permalink

    I’m Dutch and have been watching what’s going on in London from Amsterdam. It’s amazing to see that all what these councillors are interested in is money. Whatever they do is financially driven. They seem to be prepared to quietly break the law to make money, this is just disgusting. I’ll be in London on Monday for work and will be attending your demo with a friend of mine who lives there. I’ll be his pillion passenger! You have my support!

  6. I say no bike tax permalink

    I was there at the demo this evening, 7th December. What a great one, I’m sure with the public inquiry that will be going on together with the EU investigation, WCC will be in very deep trouble.

  7. Biker permalink

    Well done whoever prepared the case against Westminster Council. These guys need to learn that they’ve got to listen to the public before making decisions.

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