Wednesday mayhem in Westminster

Wednesday mayhem in Westminster -  

This week, the bikers went back to Trafalgar Square in Central London to cause as much road traffic disruption as possible in protest at Westminster Council’s decision to treat motorcycles like cars by charging them to park on-street. For an initial fee of £1.50 a day subsequently reduced to £1 a day, the bikers were promised security devices to lock their motorcycles to and also more parking bays on-street. Unsurprisingly, the number of parking bays in the borough did not increase at all and security devices were not installed. All motorcycle parking bays used to be free of charge and the council suddenly started to charge for their use without providing any additional service to justify the charge. What used to be provided for free, i.e. the most basic bays one can possibly imagine with a bit of white paint to mark the edges of the bays, is now subject to the payment of a stealth tax to make the council wealthier. Since paper based payment methods are not practical for motorcycles, the council offers only one payment method to the bikers, that is by mobile phone and debit/credit card, which gives rise to social exclusion issues for those who don’t have a mobile phone and/or bank card. But we have learned from fellow bloggers, Nutsville, that “the City Council does not consider that payment for motorcycle parking discriminates in any way”. This is a typical response from a public authority that regards itself as above all reproach.

After a well earned Christmas break, the bikers have resumed their Wednesday gatherings at Trafalgar Square, where they simply ride their motorbike or scooter as if they were driving a car. “They have decided to charge us to park like cars, so we have decided to behave like cars”, said one protestor. By leaving plenty of space in between them, riding at the minimum legal speed limit and occupying the whole space for one hour on one of Central London’s most vital roundabout, the bikers cause enormous traffic jams during rush hour, thus delaying thousands of Londoners on their way to and back from work. In normal circumstances, bikers do not cause congestion thanks to the small space occupied by their machines and also to their ability to filter through traffic and ride around stationary cars. But on Wednesdays (morning and evening), they choose to behave like cars by remaining stationary in traffic, thus causing complete mayhem all over the place.

These weekly protests have been going on for well over a year and the number of bikers attending have increased week after week. Westminster Council and TfL (Transport for London) have tried everything they possibly can to stop the bikers exercising their legal right to protest, but without any luck. Even the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, threatened the bikers to lose access to bus lanes if they didn’t stop their weekly protests. The bikers’ protests are perfectly legal, there is nothing in the highway code to suggest that a bike must or must not filter through traffic. In fact, there is no piece of legislation that suggests that bikes cannot be driven like cars and are not allowed to congest, since they are subject to the same highway code as all other road users.

By treating bikes like cars, Westminster Council is making the lives of thousands of commuters a complete nightmare every Wednesday. And this weekly mayhem is not about to stop, unless of course the council scraps the motorcycle parking tax, or is forced to do so.

If you fancy joining the fun on Wednesdays to express your opposition to being stealth taxed to park your bike, then join the No To Bike Parking Tax group at Villiers Street in Central London at 7.30am and/or at 5.30pm. Or if you’re not joining, then try and avoid Westminster on Wednesdays.

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Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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Faark! Where's the fluro?

Faark! Where's the fluro?

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little_dude

You have got to hand it to

You have got to hand it to the UK and France. They know how to protest and they are commited.

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The Road Less Travelled

Committed?

kate wrote:

You have got to hand it to the UK and France. They know how to protest and they are commited.

Agree, they have some guts.

But why are Aussie's so soft?

 

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TankBadge   When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!!

But why are Aussie's so

But why are Aussie's so soft?

 

I don't think Aussies are soft just because we all don't like to protest and jump up and down every time something doesn't agree with them

Change is what happens in life , The tough get on with it and the weak and whiney whinge and howl and cry "poor me "

When something really (important ) happens you will find people will have a say

We may have started the country from a bunch of winging poms but we have grown into Aussies , Tough it out you will grow up from it

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Nah , Stick it to the Bastards

:rolleyes:  Yes yes, I remember how 'Boof's Stairway to Heaven' came about!!! :giggle:

The public need to stay on top of these Politicians , they will make us pay more and more while giving themselves extra for Travelling Allowances and Bonus' not to mention the Ludricous Pensions ex-PM's get.

 They're fighting for what they have and I reckon THAT is Tough!

And How's the Mayor threatening to take away the right to use the Bus Lane??? Talk about an exercise in Making Things Worse !

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Well if i remember right 

Well if i remember right  "boof`s stairway to heaven " came about because i asked what happened to it , no protesting or burning my bra :beerchug:

And why should you lot get to use the bus lane when we can't unless we are in a bus :goodpoint:

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I use them

I use them :p

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little_dude

She'll Be Right Mate Syndrome

Boofhead wrote:

But why are Aussie's so soft?

 

I don't think Aussies are soft just because we all don't like to protest and jump up and down every time something doesn't agree with them

Change is what happens in life , The tough get on with it and the weak and whiney whinge and howl and cry "poor me "

When something really (important ) happens you will find people will have a say

We may have started the country from a bunch of winging poms but we have grown into Aussies , Tough it out you will grow up from it

I was born in england, but came out with my parents when I was 3. I steadfastly refused to be nationalised  while it meant I had to swear allegiance to the queen of England. How fuck witted is that. Become Australian be swearing allegiance to the queen of England when I was already English?

I took the plunge in 1993, when they changed the oath of allegiance to  Australia, rather than the queen. Unfortunately, I was in the last of the old intake, so changed the words of my declaration to allegiance to Essendon Football Club and Kevin Sheedy.

The "Tough it out" spirit you mention is well understood and respected. But all communities are equally resiliant. This is what makes the Humans the dominant species.

This whinging Pom is wondering why we Aussies (dual nationality) are not pushing more aggressively for a republic with it's own independent flag.

I guess it it too much hard work, and we only do that when there are bush fires and floods.

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TankBadge   When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!!

The flag will change when the

The flag will change when the time is right , i for one would like to see it change but a lot of older Aussies went to war under this flag and lost mates and buried them under this flag

I think that rushing this would do a lot of upset to them , it will happen

I found that a lot of people that like to protest and wave placards around do so for personal glory rather than a good cause

More good things get done quietly for good reasons that noisy jumping up and down making a lot of noise that bothers as many people as it does impress

They say "loud pipes save lives " but loud people just piss of other people :naughty:

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Boofhead wrote:

The flag will change when the time is right , i for one would like to see it change but a lot of older Aussies went to war under this flag and lost mates and buried them under this flag

I think that rushing this would do a lot of upset to them , it will happen

I found that a lot of people that like to protest and wave placards around do so for personal glory rather than a good cause

More good things get done quietly for good reasons that noisy jumping up and down making a lot of noise that bothers as many people as it does impress

They say "loud pipes save lives " but loud people just piss of other people :naughty:

Are you referring to Americans? :laught16:

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little_dude

Those noisy Egyptians

Making such a racket and pissing off all those people quietly being Tortured and Murdered.  

It got so noisy that the Poor Old Despot had to leave and go to a resort on the Red Sea after fleecing the country. 

Gee whizz, they only 'Toughed it out' for thirty years, after all 'change will happen naturally', impatient bastards.

:yahoo:  Sorry, but you could'nt ask for better timing. :giggle:  

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