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French and British bikers more united than ever before

March 6, 2011

Only a few days to go before Westminster City Council faces the entire UK motorcycle community in the High Court of Justice for having introduced a parking tax which is strongly alleged to be illegal. From 14 March 2011, thousands of bikers, unhappy with being stealth taxed by a council for which the only objective is to raise revenue for financial gain and personal glorification, will be following the progress of the court case brought by Warren Djanogly, Chairman of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign against Westminster City Council.

The bikers have had to raise £20,000 to fund the cost of appealing the decision made by Lord Justice Pitchford back in July 2010 that gave reason to Westminster Council. The biking community and their lawyers believe the decision made by Pitchford to be totally wrong in law and, therefore, submitted an application to the Court to appeal it. Not only permission to appeal was granted to the bikers but such permission was granted on six grounds out of seven, which is an amazing and spectacular result. Lord Justice Jackson, who granted permission to the bikers to appeal, will be hearing the case on 14th March 2011, which we all hope will be favourable to the bikers.

Westminster’s most hated bike parking tax has made a lot of bad noise across “la Manche” where the  Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry bikers) has called all its members across the whole of France to support their most respected British neighbours by making a donation towards the £20,000 required to fund the forthcoming hearing at the High Court of Justice in London. On behalf of all its members, the FFMC has recently sent the amazing sum of 720 euros to the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, which has been extremely well perceived by the bikers in the UK, who have taken the time to post comments in French on the campaign’s forum to express their inmense gratitude towards their French counterparts.

Not only the French biking community has been following the developments of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign very closely for the last three years but they have also sent representatives of the FFMC and to London to meet with the campaign committee, attend their demonstrations and make the French biking community aware of what could come their way if Westminster’s most evil attack on motorcyclists is not scrapped immediately. The amazing support that the campaign has received from the French is the illustration of a very strong unity and “entente cordiale” between French and British bikers, who in fact have joined forces to fight against self-serving bureaucrates who have no ambition other than fill up their own coffers. UK France is indeed very proud and delighted to see bikers between the two nations join forces and support each other so well. We have heard comments made by a group of British bikers talking about going over to France to attend the next FFMC demonstration to force the Government to make traffic filtering (or lane splitting) legal in France and thank them for all the support they have received from the French biking community.

Yesterday, London saw the last mega demonstration against the motorcycle parking tax before the court hearing on 14 March 2011, where hundreds of bikers got together on the North and South circulars to remind all councils in London and beyond that, should they decide to follow the Westminster example and introduce a stealth tax on motorcycle parking for financial gain and personal glorification, the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign will come their way and severely disrupt their working lives, as it has been the case in Westminster.


If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).


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. Thierry permalink

    A HUGE Thank you to the FFMC who showed true solidarity to their British fellow riders !
    Their donation of 720 euros puts some of the U.K organisations and trade to shame or is the MCIA donation still on its way ?
    we desperately need a version of the FFMC in the U.K Solidarity is the key.

  2. Roddas permalink

    It is good too see the Bike Brotherhood goes beyond political, cultural or boarders.

    when on Two wheels we are All Brothers.

    Many thanks to the French Community

  3. Rockit99 permalink

    Fantastic! Many many thanks to our French brothers-in-arms. If we can help you too just ask.

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