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Motorcyclists make road users save millions in fines

September 18, 2010

After more than two years of fighting against the introduction of a motorcycle parking tax by Westminster City Council in central London, the bikers are now starting to involve themselves in perfectly legal activities that make the council lose substantial income. This is of course in addition to the weekly Wednesday morning and afternoon protests that consist of blocking traffic in central London and causing complete chaos on the roads during rush hour.

A group of volunteers from the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign get together every week and target the CCTV smart cars, introduced by the council to catch members of the public while doing something wrong and fine them for what the council regards as an offence. These CCTV smart cars, when not disrupted, run around central London discretely and are equipped with a camera that films what’s going on, as proof for any fine issued to the public.

The bikers have been successfully experimenting a way to stop these CCTV smart cars from filming the public and bringing income to the council, that is up to £7 million in the last year. Each smart car is followed by two or three motorcyclists who ride behind the car and don’t stop to avoid paying the bike parking tax. At the same time and by not stopping, the bikers prevent the driver from stopping and filming what is going on around. If or when the smart car eventually stops, the bikers stop behind it and let everyone know around where the smart car is so that they can be on their best behaviour and avoid being prosecuted or fined by the naughty car driver. This strategy has so far made the council lose substantial income and the amount does add up very quickly week after week.

What’s wrong with following a car on the road while leaving enough space between the bike and the car and following the highway code to the letter? Nothing at all, this is all perfectly legal and the smart car driver has no evidence of the biker doing anything wrong. One doesn’t need to be on a bike to follow a CCTV smart car around. The same effect can be achived with a car or a van.

So it’s a matter of choice for Westminster City Council: they either have CCTV smart cars or a motorcycle parking tax, but they can’t have both. The choice is theirs!

To join the group of volunteers chasing CCTV smart cars, sign up on the campaign forum by clicking here.


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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  1. Copy of a comment I posted elsewhere:

    Just for information, after the video that was featured on Watchdog we
    were out again last Saturday. Here’s a speeded up vid of the day along with the conversation we had with the police when the SmartCar drivers tried to get them to stop us :

    The police response was basically was don’t drive too close and have a good day. We followed the cars back to their base and loitered for a bit but they didn’t want to come out and play again.

    As others have said, their actions do seem to discredit the very Traffic Orders that suggested that these yellow lines were needed in the first place.

    My concern is why they are so worried about being witnessed doing what
    they are doing, if they were acting morally and legally you would have
    thought that they would have no problem with being seen in action, so you can only surmise that they think they are doing somethng wrong.

    For a full report on the weekends events take a look at's-action-(18910)/

  2. UK France bikers permalink

    Thank you Gordon for your comment, which is indeed very useful. The video you posted in your comment clearly proves that chasing a CCTV smart car is a legal activity and saves motorists millions of pounds in fines, in a complete legal way.

  3. BillyBloggs permalink

    Superb stuff, the more Westminster Councils nefaruious activities are exposed to public scrutiny, the more other councils will be deterred from doing similar things.

  4. Jean De Florette permalink

    Not only is the bike parking tax costing Westminster Council taxpayers over £430000.00 a year to implement but bikers are now more then ever determined to make the losses escalate more and more. The beauty is that it is all done legally and there is nothing the council can do to stop us.
    Of course they could scrap the bike parking tax and we may allow the cctv car racket to resume……..or will we now ??

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