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Steve Farrell  says:

Campaigners lose parking battle

Campaigners have lost a court battle against a motorcycle parking charge in London. Appeal judges said Westminster Council’s charge was justified as “an obvious way to dampen excess demand”. Now it’s feared other councils will follow Westminster’s example by scrapping free roadside parking for bikes. The central London motorcycle parking charge was introduced in August 2008. Currently £1 per day, campaigners also...

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Sep 10

Posts: 30

Histy says:


This is ludicrous. Not only has bike tax gone up 6% I think it was in the last 2 years for some class bikes. Over 600cc around £76 yet cars that rip up more road and have larger engines pay less or no tax? Then this with the parking, I hope they have more success in the future as I don’t think this is the last of it. Come on boys play the game.

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Oct 04

Posts: 2970

Spire says:

As has been judged

Its a fair charge.

What isn't fair is the disruption and delays these campaigners are causing to other Londoners.

Looks like they are going to Strasburg.  Maybe if they lose that battle (which looks likely) they will realise they are wasting their time and money as well as costing others.  The sooner they realise this the better for all.

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Dr Mengle


Apr 03

Posts: 34

Dr Mengle says:

Pay £1 to park in London? Yes please, bring it on.

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Jul 10

Posts: 19

stickywicket says:

I'm surprised at this.


i don't remember the Lib Dems or Cons promising to NOT implement this? They usually INSIST on pushing through the opposite of their pre election " pledges"



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Jan 09

Posts: 158


I've always thought it would be a much better use of our energy and cash to campaign against the unfairness of bikes having to pay up to £74 for Road Tax, when many cars get it for less or for free. £1 to park in London is less than we who live outside the M25 (yes there is life out here, but not as you know it) have to pay at some places! Liverpool waterfront for example. All these people have done is disrupt the already stressed drivers in London to no result, except to alienate the public further - brilliant!


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Mar 08

Posts: 72

sallison30 says:

Lose battle? There was no battle, those in power said f$&k you bikers and that's that. The judges are leaned on and the ruling always goes in their favour.

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Jun 07

Posts: 12

Dullthud says:


People. It's really not about the quid.

Picking up a cup of coffee on the walk round to the office is going to cost you far more than that. It's a contract run by a profit motivated private company that will not provide a cash alternative as they want to sell the data they gather. You have to provide billable card details, register your bike and your mobile phone, and always have those things with you. Charged up and not in the red. You can't go and buy a ticket if you lose your phone. You just can't go to work until you've jumped through enough hoops and pressed enough option keys and heard enough hold music. But you can't park until it's sorted or you'll get a ticket. If you come out without your phone in the car, you can still put a ticket in the window. Motorcyclists are not allowed this option. If this principle is seen as acceptable it will roll out everywhere.

And the fact is that there's no need to do it. Not charging would be cheaper but it would not need a profitable contract award over a happy handshake in a back office at the council. The only downside might be that a car parking space instead of a bike park might provide more revenue. But then again they're not allowed to do it for revenue, are they.

The Devil is not the pound. That's a red herring.

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