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Westminster Council will face the bikers on Appeal next month

February 6, 2011

Another five weeks to go and the thousands of bikers who have been supporting the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, headed by its Chairman Warren Djanogly, will take Westminster Council to court for the second time, although this time it will be a judgement on appeal. The bikers were granted permission by Lord Justice Jackson (a different judge from the first trial) to present their case before the Court of Appeal on 14th and 15th March 2011 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Permission to appeal the first decision, strongly believed by the bikers to be wrong in law, was granted by Lord Justice Jackson on six grounds out of seven, which we think is an excellent result and gives serious prospects of success for the bikers. If the bikers win the case on appeal, chances are that Westminster Council will be ordered to scrap the motorcycle parking tax with immediate effect, which is the result they have been campaigning for during the last 28 months.

Motorcyclists have been treated like cash cows by Westminster Tory Councillors who decided to charge them to park their bikes in Central London with exactly the same facilities as when their use was free of charge. In addition to demonstrating in the streets of Westminster, the bikers have decided to present their case to the Court after having discovered that the motorcycle parking tax, its infrastructure and the way it is being collected may well be illegal. Next month, the bikers will return to Court in the hope that the council will be ordered to put an end to their money grabbing motorcycle parking policy.

In the meantime, the relationship between the council and the bikers has severely heated up. Last week, the council’s head of legal, Peter Large, who claimed to be the victim of defamation by the bikers based on allegations and accusations of professional misconduct and fraud, tried to shut down the campaign’s website by imposing legal threats on the web host. Within 24 hours, the website together with all its contents, including the allegations against Peter Large, was back online and moved to another location, out of Westminster Council’s reach, as we were told. The same Peter Large also attacked Nutsville without success.

Last Friday, we learned that the No To Mob group, composed of bikers who work very closely with the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, have forced Westminster Council to suspend enforcement at crucial junctions in central London where traffic signs do not comply with the legislation and while they review the sites in question. These junctions all constitute honey pots for the council where thousands upon thousands of motorists have been caught and fined despite illegal traffic signage and brought substantial income to the council. Oh dear, all this is the result of Westminster Council refusing to scrap their motorcycle parking tax despite having received more than 3,000 objections in writing, something that they had never ever seen before. For sure, the income that they are now going to lose as a result of their traffic signage cock-up will cost the council a lot more money than the income generated by the motorcycle parking tax.

Today, hundreds of bikers gathered in central London to raise additional funds for the forthcoming Court of Appeal judgement and remind Westminster Council that they will not go away until full scrapping of the bike parking tax. The ride was, as usual, incident free, unlike what Westminster Council would have hoped to stop the bikers exercising their legal right to protest. There wasn’t any police presence today on the ride, which suggests that there is a great degree a trust between the bikers and the police, again unlike what Westminster Council would have hoped for. The bikers have managed to limit the parking tax to the Borough of Westminster only because it is clear that, without their campaign, other London councils such as Islington, Camden and Kensington & Chelsea, but also throughout the UK and beyond, would have jumped on this fantastic opportunity to also steal money from the bikers. Any council that dares to charge motorcyclists to park will see the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign coming their way and bring their daily working lives to complete hell. That said, it appears that the bikers are about to hit Islington Borough Council right where it hurts, click here for more details.

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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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Si vous avez une experience a partager et que vous souhaiteriez voir publiee sur UK France bikers.com, n’hesitez pas a nous contacter en cliquant ici.

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