For those about to say "They should..."
The campaigners have tried ride-like-a-car, snarling up Trafalgar Square, defacing signs (allegedly) and (admittedly badly handled) legal cases in the High Court and Court of Appeals, which resulted in an Appeals Court judge saying - I shit you not - "While it might not be strictly legal for WCC to charge motorcycles to park, they should be allowed to do so."
Meanwhile, WCC's promises to use the money to fund security have evaporated: they have put up plenty of cameras to catch people not paying - or not able to pay - the parking tax, but good luck getting any footage if your bike gets nicked or damaged in the sardine bays.
Their argument that it has any traffic management purpose is ridiculous, since it's a daily/monthly/annual charge that encourages you to use all of what you've paid for. Their own figures show that demand for bike parking continues to exceed supply, so the charge demonstrable isn't putting people off. Nor do they want it to, since they've just let bikes in their bus lanes: what they want is to continue to rake in cash from the direct tax and the fat penalty charges for the poor bastards that can't find a space. Oh, and they've flogged off their off-street parking, so they have no control over that now.
The issue is currently on its way to Europe on some desparate "social exclusion" grounds which don't have a Rossi's chance in hell of succeding.
Meanwhile, the MCIA, MAG and the BMF all essentially said "not our problem" and are currently trying to quosh the last shreds of resistance so that those revolting bikers don't get us all a bad name.
But hey, it's only £1 a day, right?