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Bikers’ quick turn around in Westminster

January 10, 2010

As soon as Westminster Council’s contracted “cleaners” had just finished cleaning up and replacing dozens of defaced motorcycle parking signs across the Borough, angry bikers went back down the streets and defaced them all again!



So we are back to FREE motorcycle parking, until the signs are cleaned up or replaced again. How long will Westminster Council take this time to go down the streets and sort out all the rubbish left on their motorcycle parking signs?

We have spotted an interesting message on the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign’s forum (see below), although it should be noted that, as clearly stated on their website, the campaign does not in any way condone unlawful behaviour, so please do not hold the campaign responsible for the constant defacing of the motorcycle parking signs.


This is really important!

Spread the message.

As quick as these signs get cleaned up they are being defaced again and again!

At something like £151.48p a set plus labour, how long before Westminster residents get pissed off at this useless waste of their money?

I heard a rumour that over 50 locations were hit in one night this weekend…. that’s £7,574 in materials alone!

In addition all the time they are defaced they are losing money from Parking fees!

Definitely the right time to own a signing company in London!

Westminster TranServe (the company they use) must be rubbing their hands with glee!


That’s right, how long is it going to take our dearest Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley to finally realise that his bike parking tax is not wanted? Could it be when he finds himself without a job in May 2010, when he might be voted out of office? We have heard that a large number of bikers are planning to severely disrupt the run-up to the forthcoming Westminster Council elections due to take place in May 2010, if Chalkley doesn’t come back to his decision to make the bike parking tax permanent at his earliest opportunity. Could it be that the Conservatives lose control over Westminster Council as a result of their grave mistake to stealth tax motorcyclists for parking? Wait and see… but in the meantime, let’s remind ourselves what Councillor Angela Hooper said during the Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 31st March 2009: I think when it comes to guidance on policy, residents have that opportunity every four years” (source: Well, not always, Ms Hooper, sometimes it’s more often than every four years!

While UK France is not involved in any activity that could be regarded as vandalism, we are glad to say that had a bike parking tax been introduced in Paris by a local Chalkley, it wouldn’t have lasted for a week, as vandalising the parking signs and causing severe disruption to the local council would have started from the second the tax had become effective. All this is normal practice on the other side of the English Channel, and that’s why France is a country managed by its people, not by its politicians.

Power to the people, that is! It is time that a number of British Conservative politicians understand this. Will motorcyclists be the ones who will succeed in making such a radical change in Britain?

In the meantime, let’s all enjoy FREE MOTORCYCLE PARKING IN WESTMINSTER, where parking signs have been defaced!

If you park your motorcycle in a bay with defaced signs, do not pay, and click here to find out what to do in such circumstances.


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. Miaou permalink

    I’m totally amazed. Whoever defaces the signs is quicker than everyone else. Glad I’m able to park for free again and not give my money to these thieves.

  2. Mark permalink

    Westminster are obviously more keen to keep the Verrus shareholders happy than their own residents. It is with OUR money that these Tory bastards feed Verrus employees and shareholders. Vote them out!

  3. Anna permalink

    WOW, how quick! How much more taxpayers’ money Westminster Council is going to waste on continuously replacing unwanted signs instead of doing what they’re supposed to do for their residents?

  4. UK France Bikers permalink

    I agree that Westminster give the impression that their priority is to sustain Verrus’ financial position rather than actually spend the money collected from their own taxpayers to improve the services provided to them. All this doesn’t sound right, does it?

  5. Paul Osley permalink

    I think the motorcycle parking signs in the City of Westminster will keep getting damaged/vandalised/removed/painted over until the bike parking tax is abolished. The replacement motorcycle parking signs will cost Westminster Council a fortune. Don’t forget, before they can replace the ‘Rathboned’ signs, they need to know where they are. They must have someone who’s job it is to check the signs or do traffic wardens (CEO’s) report the damaged signs when they spot them? Either way, it must take a while for Westminster Council to get their contractors to replace the damaged/missing signs.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Captain Rathbone for making motorcycle bays in Westminster free of charge again!

    I think motorbikes & mopeds should be able to park for free in normal car bays too, like in many other London boroughs.

  6. UK France Bikers permalink

    Paul, I believe (although, like yourself, I’m not sure) that the Council relies on CEOs to let them know where the defaced signs are, and yes, at this rate, it will cost the Council a fortune to keep replacing or cleaning those defaced signs all the time, should “Captain Rathbone” carries on with their activities like they have so far.
    If these activities continue, I think the Council will get to a point where they will have to decide whether they give up with replacing the signs (hence scrapping the tax) or carry on wasting taxpayers’ money on this, instead of using it for more productive purposes.

    You are making a very good point with regards to motorcycle parking in car bays. In Westminster, I believe you are allowed to park your bike in a car bay, as long as you pay the car parking fare. In Hammersmith and Fulham, on the other hand, you are allowed to park in any car bay free of charge. In many overseas cities, such as Paris and Madrid, you are allowed to park on the pavement, free of charge. This makes you wonder why Westminster is the only council that is reluctant to provide free parking for motorcycles. That’s because they want our money, that’s it, to attract other councils into their Partnerships in Parking scheme. It’s all politically driven. You can talk to them about the positive impact of motorcycles on congestion, pollution and so on, they just don’t care. They want our money, that’s all.

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