Campaigners will appeal over decision to keep £1-per-day charge
FOLLOWING AN ongoing battle with anti-bike parking campaigners, Westminster council has won a court case over charging motorcyclists to park in the city's streets.Anti-parking charge campaign 'No To Bike Parking Fees' challenged Westminster Council's controversial £1-a-day parking fee but lost its case today whenthe ruling was upheld in London High Court.Warren Djanogly, chairman of 'No To Motorbike Parking Fees' claimed Westminster Council had introduced the charge simply to raise revenue. However, Lord Justice Pitchford said the council had "perfectly legitimate objectives"."While there were traffic management and environmental arguments for and against treating motorcycles as a special case, it does not seem ... the council acted outside its powers by resolving that all road users should pay their fair share for on-street provision of space," said Lord Pitchford.Westminster Council's Lee Rowley said: "We have always maintained that with huge demand for on-street space in Westminster, charging motorcyclists a small sum to park was reasonable and fair and I'm glad the judge has reiterated this."Westminster Council will now seek to recover legal costs of £50,000.
No To Bike Parking campaigners say the decision will be challenged.
Read Westminster court case notes
I've read a lot about this over the past few months , is it really worth whining about a pound a day to park !
The trouble is when motorcyclists get their teeth into a minor issue like this it makes it more difficult to act when there is a serious issue at stake like power limits etc.
It's just one pound a day, get over it guys n gals.
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 15:38
it might be a only a pound to start with but you just know it'll shoot up soon enough
if they want to charge for bike parking make sure you take up a car space , if everyone did that it would have a big impact
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 16:00
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 16:35
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 17:00
It's not about the money! This is an all for profit stealth tax. They've made hundreds of thousands of pounds from us already and spent 14000 on bike pays.
It's £1 a day now and I'm told in some parts of westminster its just been put up to £1 for 4 hours. And so it starts. They know once they get it past the sheeple and make it law they can charge what they like... and it will be coming to a town near you and by then it will be too late!
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 18:54
Not good at all. That's what I was afraid of. The injustice of it all being given the green light by the law makers themselves. Should we all keel over and join the sheeple? Hell, NO.
It's one quid today, in 3 years, it will be 5 quid! No thank you!! The resistance to this injustice should continue.
Posted: 16/07/2010 at 19:44
Posted: 17/07/2010 at 08:35
In Launceston, Australia
The local council tried to introduce a by-law where bikes could not share with a car or other bike. The local bikey gang and a local motorcycle club got together for a morning a week (peak trading day) and parked out a block in the CBD (a small town of about 70,000 then).
The by-law was scrapped. These days they have started to provide free parking for motor bikes in well placed bike bays!
Melbourne allows bike parking on the footpath, so there is free parking everywhere. Check out 481 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC, Australia on Google Maps (Its a bike shop, there are others further down the road)
I wouldn't take the legal option - civil protest is far cheaper ...
Posted: 17/07/2010 at 12:45
Posted: 19/07/2010 at 13:41
Ignore Timpster. If he sees no problem with adding another 240 quid to his yearly commuting expenses, he's clearly got more money than sense. Yup, that's another 240 quid just for the privilege of going to work.
Like others say, once the precedent for charging has been set, it's only going to go up - and guaranteed at a far greater rate than our salaries will.
Posted: 19/07/2010 at 14:25
Not sure if it could work in London but seem to recall a similar issue in Whitby some yrs ago.
Basically the council wanted to charge the same for bikes to park as cars.
So, early one summer morning, local motorcyclists legitimately filled the car parks, one bike per car bay. With no visitor/tourist car spaces available there was hell on from local business, and the council soon backed down.
Obviously London is a much bigger (and more expensive) but wonder if a similar legal but disruptive action may have a greater effect than the entirely predictable court response.
Just imagine, one day with no car parking available at all in Westminster, that would soon be noticed!
Posted: 19/07/2010 at 15:31
Posted: 27/09/2011 at 19:58
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