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Motorcycles cause congestion, says Chalkley

March 8, 2010

We were amused to read Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley’s recent comments to justify his stealth tax on motorcycle parking in the Central London Borough of Westminster. A few months ago, the motorcycle parking tax was about kerb space management, claiming that kerb space came at a premium in Westminster due to the “inmense pressure” that the Borough was facing on a daily basis to accomodate all these vehicles in need of a parking space. But now, the motorcycle parking tax is about congestion management. Clearly, there has been a complete change of speech in the space of a few weeks, so are we now dealing with a new Chalkley?

While we all very well know that the bike parking tax is about revenue raising in order to rescue a broken council that currently has a £22 million budget overspend, we thought that the fake excuse of kerb space management was an interesting one. Motorbikes and scooters don’t take any space at all compared with cars, coaches and lorries, but still they seemed to cause Councillor Chalkley some concern, despite seven bikes being able to fit in the space occupied by one single car. What made us laugh was when the same Councillor Chalkley introduced 400 car club parking spaces in a Borough that he claimed to be so congested and in which kerb space was a serious issue. Well, kerb space cannot be such a serious problem if there is enough space for an additional 400 parking spots for these car clubs! But still, it is such an issue for Chalkley that motorbikes and scooters have to be charged for parking. And for Councillor Susie Burbridge, who accused the French Government to have stated that a motorcycle, even a small one, pollutes more than a hummer, the motorcycle parking charge is less than a cup of Starbucks coffee, so after all, motorcyclists can sacrify their daily cup of coffee for the sake of the Tory thieves in Westminster and their so well valued Verrus colleagues.

But now, Chalkley says that kerb space is no longer an issue in Westminster, congestion is the problem. The Mayor of London introduced a congestion charge in Central London a few years ago, but nevertheless, Councillor Chalkley believes that more still needs to be done. Motorcycles are exempt from the congestion charge precisely because they don’t cause congestion, but Chalkley, as you would expect, doesn’t agree with what is called common sense. In his latest comments to the West End Extra, Chalkley said “the introduction of motorcycle parking charges (…) is about dealing with the increasing pressures on our roads and ensuring the city does not grind to a standstill”.

So, according to Chalkley, motorcycles do congest and cause standstill. Well, he’s not entirely wrong for once because motorcycles, when treated like cars, can indeed congest and cause standstill. If you don’t believe us, come and have a look every Wednesday morning between 7.45am and 8.45am when a few motorcycles will cause chaos on the roads of Westminster until Chalkley scraps his bike parking tax. Or perhaps, you will realise this while you get stuck on a bus or in your car and get to your office so late that you’ve missed your first meeting. If you still don’t believe us, then watch this:-



On bikes, for the record


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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One Comment
  1. Phil Randome permalink

    Si vous regardez en arrière dans l’histoire des changements aux lois injustes ne se produira que lorsque les gens ouvertement dissidence comme illustré par la révolte de Boudicca en AD61 grâce a la lutte tenace des suffragettes. Pouquoi cette petite lutte en être autrement ? Nous traitons avec les mecs de même caractère tyrannique que face Wat Tyler à Londres en 1381. Plus ça change !

    If you look back in history changes to unjust laws only happen when people openly dissent as exemplified by Boudicca’s revolt in AD61 through to the tenacious struggle of the suffragettes. Why will this little struggle be any different ? We’re dealing with the same tyranical character types that confronted Wat Tyler at Smithfield in London in 1381. Nothing ever changes !

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