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Westminster’s bike parking tax is costing the taxpayer £430,000 per annum – SCRAP IT!

February 24, 2010

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group at Westminster City Council, has today announced that the Conservative motorcycle parking tax is actually costing the taxpayer £430,000 in the financial year 2009/10. So, this tax, which was introduced by Conservative Councillor Danny Chalkley in August 2008, is actually loss-making and costing the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds sterling per annum.

We are not surprised at all to read Councillor Dimoldenberg’s revelations today, despite the on-going and ludicrous efforts of the Westminster Conservatives to hide the truth by manipulating facts and figures. Philippe Lerouge, Chief Executive of PayByPhone in France (the new name for Verrus) advised, during a recent interview with Moto Mag, that it was not financially viable to charge Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) for parking with PayByPhone: “I don’t think that charging PTWs to park is a viable option from a financial perspective. We have never thought about it and no council has ever asked us to design the system for this purpose” (click here for further details) . But we very well know that the Conservatives in Westminster feel like they’re above everyone else, they know and do everything better than others, especially when it comes to stealth taxing members of the public, who are keen to do their bit to benefit the environment, by reducing air pollution and road congestion in Central London. This behaviour of the Conservatives reminds us of the famous little song “Everything YOU can do, I can do better, I can do everything better than YOU!”. Well, obviously not, the Conservatives got it all wrong!

Here is Labour Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg’s press release on the revelations:-

PRESS NOTICE

24th February 2010

WESTMINSTER CONSERVATIVES SET TO LOSE £430,000 ON MOTORBIKE PARKING CHARGES

Westminster City Council’s controversial and unpopular motorbike parking charges are predicted to make a loss of over £430,000 in 2009/10, prompting Labour Councillors to call for an immediate scrapping of the £1 a day motorbike parking charge.

According to documents received by Labour Councillors, the Council’s projected income is expected to be £2,022,594, but expenditure is predicted to be £2,453,094, resulting in a loss to the Council of £430,500.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

“These figures show beyond doubt that not only are Westminster’s motorbike charges unpopular, controversial and divisive, but they are also a financial disaster for Westminster Council Tax payers”

“Why should Westminster residents have to subsidise these massive loss-making motorbike parking charges which nobody wants and nobody voted for? The £430,000 could be much better spent on services for people in need.”

“Following the £17 million in Icelandic Banks and the £20 million shortfall in parking revenue, this latest Conservative financial blunder shows the Council’s finances in total tatters. Only Westminster Conservatives could introduce a charge that actually makes a loss. These loss-making charges should be scrapped without further delay. If the Conservatives don’t scrap this loss making charge now then Labour will do so after the May elections.”

Well done, Chalkley, that’s another cock-up of yours! Let’s hope that he now has the decency to scrap his loss-making motorcycle parking tax and not waste one more penny of taxpayers’ money.

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Sources:-

Westminster Labour Matters

No To Bike Parking Tax forum

Further reading:-

Motorbike lame duck tax set to cost WCC taxpayers £430,000

Scrap the bike hike’ – opposition councillors have called for the scrapping of the £1-a-day motorcycle parking charge

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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 http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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 http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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3 Comments
  1. Miaou permalink

    I can’t believe it, loss-making, after all this bloody non-sense for 18 months! Scrap the tax and go away, Chalkley, you are a nuisance for everyone!

  2. Biker permalink

    Well done on the French for recognising that it’s not worth charging PTWs to park. If only these Conservative bastards were not living on their own little planet, things would be better for all of us. Vote these bastards out in May!

  3. 1frog permalink

    it may be costing the taxpayer £430000 and bikers millions, but lets not forget that some companies like Verrus and NSL are hugely benefiting from this tax !!
    My guess is that some poeple in WCC are going to get some form of rewards from these companies in the future…..

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