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Dec 12

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dayle14gb says:

Is it true, you won't get a parking ticket on a motorcycle, if the bike is covered?

Having spoken to a few "experienced" motorcycle riders and my father, I seem to get the same answer. They say that if you park on a pavement (so long as you don't block a door, alleyway, or vehicle access point), then you wont get a parking ticket, IF you put a bike cover over your bike. It's a loophole that means the attendant can not interfere with the motorcycle nor it's cover. It sounds logical, but I want to get some clarification on it, before risking it, so does anyone know anything about this possible "loophole"?

It would appear this question has been asked before on a different website but the answers are along the same lines as MCN...Urban myth!

I never thought there was going to be such a divided opinion on this! No one seems to have a definitive answer to this. Although one person on the Yahoo link above, does seem to strongly believe that by covering or removing the number plate- there is nothing more they can do, other than wait around for you to return?! Interesting...

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Dec 10

Posts: 12024

preunit says:


only if it's made by klingons.

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Aug 05

Posts: 7583

babyblade41 says:

I have heard

that traffic wardens are not allowed to remove any covers on a bike but not totally sure of the legalities of parking tickets

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Jul 08

Posts: 4462

ninjachica says:

I guess

I guess you could also avoid a ticket by removing your number plate when you park. :wink:

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Aug 09

Posts: 2721

MarcusMarsh says:

Bike parking

Illegal parking is illegal parking - there is no 'loophole' that changes that.  There was once a rule that prevented traffic / parking wardens from removing a cover to see your number plate in order to issue a ticket.  So, although the offence was still being committed, a penalty notice could not be issued.  Whether this is still the case or not I don't know but, even if it is, inconsiderate parking reflects badly on all of us.  

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Feb 09

Posts: 4771

philehidiot says:


they may now remove parts of the cover to see the plate and issue the ticket.

EDIT: Preunit, you shat on the bike to cover it up?

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Sep 07

Posts: 2860

James600zx says:


False. If it were true there would be a thriving trade in car covers too, enabling anyone to park wherever they liked.


Try leaving your your hazard flashers on. They’re like Kryptonite to traffic wardens and you can park anywhere.


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Mar 09

Posts: 9010

jaffa90 says:


Common sense is,it`s illegal to park a vehicle on a pavement,also if the number plate is covered it can be uncovered for legal/law purposes. 

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Jan 11

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aehewitt says:


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Nov 04

Posts: 3836

750FLYER says:

I park anywhere

I fancy in London (within reason) and just stick a plastic bag that I keep in my pocket over the number plate.. I only ever do this for short(ish) visits tho.. I would def not recommend it for a regular parking option.. ie for work every day etc... In fact once as I climbed back on I was challenged by a warden... so I left the bag on and rode off!   :lol:

As a one off tho I'd say just do it mate!   :wink:

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Aug 02

Posts: 211

bimmerman says:


"so I left the bag on and rode off"

Riding with obscured plates? Thought that was a road traffic offence?

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