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Westminster’s bike parking tax is making bad noise in France

January 28, 2010

Following Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley’s decision to make his controversial stealth tax on motorcycle parking permanent in the Central London Borough of Westminster, not only has such decision been the subject of very bad publicity in the British press, but a few French motorcycle newspapers and websites have also been reporting what they consider to be an absurd decision.

We are not surprised at all to see how angry the French are at Chalkley’s decision. Many of our French readers based all over France have been writing to us to express both their disgust and anger at a decision they regard as a totally unfair and unjustified attack on motorcyclists by a bunch of British politicians who are paid to just sit in their office all day and come up with some stupid ideas designed to bring easy money to offset the millions of losses they have made as a result of their incompetence, such as £15 million loss in a failed CCTV system, £17 million investments in now failed Icelandic Banks and £22 million budget overspend.

We have today found out that Westminster City Council made a profit surplus of £35 million last year from parking alone, and this was without their evil motorcycle parking tax, which has so far brought the “revenue-neutral” sum of over £2 million. Not to mention Chalkley’s latest proposals to extend parking control hours from 6.30pm to midnight from Monday to Saturday which, if implemented, will bring another £7 million into the pocket of the wealthiest Council in the United Kingdom. How does that make you feel? Speech less, disgusted, horrified, especially when you hear that £12 million of the £35 million profit surplus was paid to NSL Services Ltd, in charge of Westminster’s parking operations. And when you find out how NSL treat their staff with disgusting washing facilities and awful working conditions, you wonder what on earth they do with all this dosh. And finally comes into the picture Westminster’s pay-by-phone parking supplier, Verrus UK Ltd, who, according to a recent Freedom of Information request, receives 8 pence for every pound spent by motorists and motorcyclists on parking! So, after all that, how much is left in Westminster’s coffers to benefit road users, who have been heavily stealth taxed for the sake of paying the wages of employees in private companies? The right answer is not much…

Anyway, while visiting a motorcycle shop in Paris the other day and mentionning Chalkley’s evil attack on bikers, the shop owner said: “Don’t worry, this sort of thing will never come our way”. When we asked why he was so sure, he replied: “Local authorities here will never dare to introduce something like this. If they want to see all the roads in Central Paris completely blocked for hours every single day and all their parking signs vandalised every single night, then they know what they’ve got to do”.

Is this not what’s starting to happen in London… with 18 months delay?




Sources (click to access links):-

UK Councils: Enforcing the law or stealing money?

In French: Parking deux-roues payant – Londres le rend définitif en 2010

In French: Stationnement moto a Londres – les motards manifestent!


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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