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It’s never a good idea to mess up with the bikers

March 28, 2010

As we have already mentioned in our previous posts, the No To Bike Parking Tax (NTBPT) campaign has been organising gatherings every Wednesday morning between 7.30am and 9am in Central London, designed to cause maximum disruption on the roads during rush hour in protest at parking charges imposed on Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) by Westminster City Council for the last 19 months or so, without any justification other than that of filling up the coffers of one of the wealthiest boroughs in Europe. The number of bikers attending these gatherings have been increasing dramatically over the weeks and so the impact of the resulting disruption.

Councillor Danny Chalkley, in charge of parking at Westminster Council in Central London, has recently said that “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”. Chalkley seems to imply that motorcycles cause congestion, so the NTBPT bikers have decided to precisely show him that motorcycles can indeed cause congestion on demand, and only in the Central London Borough of Westminster, while they ease congestion everywhere else in the world. If Chalkley treats motorcycles like cars, they will indeed behave like cars in Westminster and cause maximum disruption as a result.

We have today learned that Transport for London (TfL) have been putting some pressure on the Metropolitan Police to stop the weekly disruption caused by the bikers who, during their ride, have decided to sit behind cars and temporarily put aside their powerful ability to filter through the traffic, or “lane split” for our North American readers. According to what we’ve read, the Metropolitan Police solicitors are in talks with the Crown Prosecution Service to establish whether they can successfully prosecute for… riding too slowly and unnecessary braking!

This is the world upside down. It clearly shows how short minded the British authorities are these days. Instead of recognising and promoting the use of PTWs as an economical way of getting around without congesting and polluting as much as cars, they are trying to intimidate a group of motorcyclists who exercise their legal right to protest at parking charges imposed on them without justification whatsoever.

It should be noted that it is precisely Boris Johnson, the current Conservative Mayor of London and in charge of TfL, who last year opened bus lanes to motorbikes and scooters, in a view to reducing the number of accidents and promoting their use, as a mode of transport that doesn’t congest and hardly pollutes in comparison with cars, trucks and lorries. TfL is also the authority that has (very rightly) decided to exempt motorcycles from paying the congestion charge in Central London, again because they don’t cause congestion. And now, the same TfL is putting pressure on the Met Police to stop the weekly Wednesday gatherings organised by the NTBPT campaigners against parking charges designed to discourage the use of PTWs in the British capital. It is this double-talk that we simply don’t understand and doesn’t make any sense at all. Would it not be much simpler for TfL to put pressure on Westminster City Council to scrap their stupid motorcycle parking tax, that is generating an annual loss of £430,000 per annum?

Anyway, we are told that Warren Djanogly, Chairman of the campaign against parking charges for motorbikes and scooters, has advised the Met Police that should any of our guys get so much as cautioned for a trumped-up charge, then there will be two very deliberate changes to the way we operate:-

1) We will remove our NTBPT [campaign] Hi-viz’s. Then they will be forced to watch every single PTW without ever being able to distinguish us from everyday biking commuters,

2) We will switch to cars and utterly bring the whole of Westminster to a complete standstill.

And he even added: DON’T FUCK WITH THE NTBPT BIKERS!”

We are pleased to say that this week is double whammy in Westminster with two gatherings on Wednesday 31st March 2010, one in the morning during rush hour and another in the evening, again during rush hour. Some of you might well be better off working from home on Wednesday, or do your shopping well outside of Westminster if you don’t want to be stuck in traffic for hours.

If you’re a biker keen to join the fun, register here to receive the instructions from the campaign. Remember, it’s every Wednesday until the bike parking tax is scrapped!

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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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