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Westminster’s most democratic decision: make the bike parking tax permanent

January 7, 2010

Councillor Danny Chalkley

Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley (right) has today announced his decision to make the bike parking tax in Westminster permanent, despite the thousands of objections to his scheme that he has received over the past 18 months.

Democracy doesn’t seem to exist in Westminster other than among the local Tory Councillors who keep brain washing each other and congratulate themselves on how popular unpopular they are.

So let’s quickly summarise the grounds on which Chalkley has decided to make the bike parking tax permanent:-

* 3,000+ objections to his ridiculous money grabbing scheme received in February 2009 and again in July 2009.

* Monthly demonstrations by thousands of bikers bringing the traffic in Westminster to a complete standstill during rush hour, something that the Council has never seen before, unlike Mr Fitsall’s allegations.

* Hundreds of Freedom of Information requests submitted to Westminster Council in lieu of unanswered emails and letters from residents and commuters, thus considerably increasing the council’s workload and causing enormous stress to their staff.

* All the motorcycle parking signs defaced by angry bikers who have decided to take radical action to make their voice heard, in June 2009 and again in January 2010, thus making the parking tax unenforceable.

* Investigations into Westminster’s parking affairs being currently carried out by the European Commission for potential breach of EU law with regards to the lack of tendering process in the setting up of the Verrus pay-by-phone parking system, leading to the running of the Partnerships in Parking (PiP) scheme, which is entirely driven by Westminster City Council (official case number: SG-CDC-2008A-7695).

* Investigations into Westminster’s parking affairs currently carried out by the Office of Fair Trading, again for potential breach of the law with regards to the pay-by-phone parking system (official case number: EPIC/ENQ/E/75795).

* Expected public inquiry demanded by thousands of bikers on 7th December 2009 to the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) into the way funds granted to Westminster City Council have been used to set up the Partnerships in Parking (PiP) scheme.

Have we forgotten anyting?

Let the battle commence!

We believe that the above actions are only the beginning of a battle against Westminster City Council to force them to scrap their motorcycle parking tax, even if made permanent. The No To Bike Parking Tax campaign is determined to force Chalkley to scrap his motorcycle parking scheme, no matter how long it takes. According to what we have heard, campaigners are not discouraged in any way and will continue for how long as necessary to get this disgusting, unfair and pointless parking tax scrapped.

Now that the bike tax is being made permanent, a decision that the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign was hoping Chalkley would make, the next step of the fight consists for the campaign of launching a legal challenge via Judicial Review, in parallel to the investigations currently carried out by the European Commission, Office of Fair Trading and hopefully the DCLG. Campaigners have been contributing to a fighting fund in order to finance the cost of the legal challenge against Westminster City Council.

Could Chalkley’s decision to make his bike parking tax permanent be a desparate and last minute attempt to save his honour and not admit defeat? The good news is that, once made permanent, the parking tax can only be scrapped, which will no doubt happen sooner rather than later.

Anyway, all this doesn’t sound very positive for the Tories a few weeks before the elections, does it? With Tory Councillors refusing to listen to their electorate and the public in general, how can we be sure that the Conservative Party is one that is keen and able to drive a country towards where its citizens want to take it?


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No To Bike Parking Tax forum


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. Mimi permalink

    Ah ah, unbelievable! Can’t wait to see Chalkley in Court!

  2. No Tax permalink

    Typical from the Conservatives. They say they want to reduce stealth taxes in the UK but they’re not afraid of introducing their own! Liars!

  3. Keen Biker permalink

    Well, good luck Westminster with what’s coming your way as a result of your decision.

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