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A postcard that says it all

January 23, 2010

Following Councillor Danny Chalkley’s recent decision to make the motorcycle parking tax permanent in Westminster, a large number of protestors have intensified their fight against it. Earlier this month, we published a couple of posts including some pictures of defaced bike parking signs, which were subsequently cleaned or replaced by Council contractors and defaced again by angry citizens, opposed to the introduction of yet another Tory stealth tax.

This week, while a large number of parking signs have remained defaced in Westminster, thus making the motorcycle tax unenforceable, a number of angry bikers have sent postcards of those defaced signs (left) to all Westminster Councillors and resident associations (83 in total), asking a very simple but rather embarrassing question:-

How much is Danny Chalkley’s motorcycle parking charging scheme costing Westminster City Council? Please ask him.

According to recent articles in the press, more than £60,000 has so far been spent by the Council to replace or clean defaced bike parking signs. That’s more than £60,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted on a ridiculous scheme, designed to fill up the coffers of Europe’s wealthiest local authority and discourage the use of motorcycles, as an economical, reliable, non-congestant and less pollutant mode of transport in Central London.

Every time we walk or ride in Westminster, we come across more defaced or missing bike parking signs, so we can only assume that the amount so far spent by the Council to replace or clean those signs will keep rising, unless Councillor Danny Chalkley decides to spend the money he’s been taking from taxpayers in a slightly more productive manner.

While temperatures went down to freezing levels last week, £60,000 could have well been spent on gritting icy pavements (right) to protect Councillor Angela Harvey’s “little old ladies” from falling and breaking their arms or legs. But no, £60,000 was instead spent on replacing or cleaning defaced bike parking signs to make sure that bikers would be spending their daily £1 and keep Verrus’ employees and shareholders more wealthy than ever (we have recently found that Verrus UK Ltd takes 8 pence of every pound collected by Westminster City Council from parking).

This is how a group of Conservative Councillors prefer to keep people who have not elected them happier and wealthier than those who have taken the trouble (or made the mistake) to go and vote for them, in the hope that their interests and money would be protected and spent wisely.

Source: 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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