Motorbike Parking Tax from Westminster Council

No to the Bike Parking Tax

You may have noticed that motorbike parking bays in central London have suddenly sprouted new signs, demanding payment for what has always been free.

This is Westminster Council’s latest bright idea. They admit, in writing, that this is nothing more than a method for extracting cash. So – a new tax on motorcyclists. No doubt, cyclists will be next, and then – who knows? – pavement tolls!

What London needs is a transport infrastructure that works better – and a vital part of that is heterogeneity. You need a mix, people on buses, people on tubes, people who cycle, people who walk, and people who ride scooters and motorbikes. Motorbike riding has been on the rise lately, to London’s benefit. So what do Westminster do? They think “Aha! Money!!”

Right now, the scheme is a test. Here is a video, from last night, of what Westminster Council can expect more of, if they don’t cease and desist with this idiotic plan.

4 Comments so far

  1. Tax » Motorbike Parking Tax from Westminster Council (pingback) on February 18th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

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  2. Julia Frey (lajulia) on February 18th, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    Way to encourage better commuting. I thought LA had its collective head up its, uh, behind.


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