Westminster City Council today began introducing a £1.50 per day charge for motorcycle parking.
The council has planned a phased rollout of the charging scheme, with all its bays due to be covered by the end of August.
Riders can pay for parking by setting up a Pay by Phone account, or they can pre-register for the scheme online. In addition to the daily pass, riders can purchase a weekly pass for £5, a monthly pass for £20, a 3-monthly pass for £50, and an annual pass priced at £150.
As part of the charging scheme, the council has increased the number of motorcycle parking spaces by 1,500 to 6,000 spaces.
A spokeswoman for the council said it was looking for ways to improve the security of motorcycles parked in its area. In addition to providing security devices in some of its open bays, the council has provided 400 spaces in secure car parks, she said.