I’ve been doing a bit of reading about the motorcycle parking charges in London and came across some rather interesting information this morning..
Apparently there are ‘murmurs’ going round a few other councils about the possibility of introducing parking charges for bikes. These other councils are watching Westminster to see how well the scheme is introduced, and what the outcome is.
Considering that Westminster would have raked in approximately £4,000,000 (yep you did read that correctly £4 MILLION) this year, you can bet that other councils are gleefully rubbing their hands together at the thought of all that possible extra income they could get their grubby little mitts on!
I personally love the fact that I can park for free in my home town, and would be at the forefront of protestors if there was a possibility I would have to pay. My bike puts out less emmissions, takes up so much less space than a car in a car park, and gets me about a damn sight easier than the poor buggers stuck in the traffic queues. In an age where we are told to use less fuel, reduce Co2 emmissions etc, I think its outrageous that parking fees should be levied to those who are doing their bit. The fact we ride bikes because we love them has bugger all to do with anything as far as I’m concerned, we are still contributing less as far as congestion, emissions, etc., than car drivers!
Here is a list of the councils and other organisations who are murmuring about bike parking charges:
City of York
NCP car parks
Euro car parks
If you live in one of these towns, use the car parks, or commute to work in one of these towns everyday, make sure to keep an eye on what your local council is doing. Otherwise you too may, one day, see a sign like this where you go to park your bike up.
To check out the latest on the No To The Bike Parking Tax campaign, follow the link