Taking Action... No To Bike Parking Tax vs Westminster City Council

Protesters: No To Bike Parking Tax Target: Westminster City Council Location: London Date: 11 May

Biker protest
Biker protest

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Bikers converged on Westminster this week to protest against a new parking charge for motorcyclists. The protesters staged a go-slow demonstration against Westminster City Council for introducing a £1.50 daily fee for parking. The campaign is supported by the British Motorcyclists Federation, Motorcycle Action Group, the TaxPayers’ Alliance, and The Association of British Drivers.


Why the protest?
The group believe the scheme is ‘nothing other than revenue-raising’. It fears that other councils may introduce similar schemes unless they voice their discontent. It is calling for the withdrawal of all parking taxes on motorcylists and scooterists, and a full refund for those who have already had to pay them.

How did Westminster City Council respond?
The council said that the charge was to help pay for extra motorcycle parking spaces.


How did the media cover it?
The Metro wrote about the protest in advance, and said the bikers planned to ‘bring Westminster to a standstill’. A piece in Motorcycle News said the council was using underhand tactics to stop the planned protest: ‘A council that scrapped free motorcycle parking is using dirty tricks to derail opposition to the move.’

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