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Westminster Parking….No Surrender!

July 21, 2010

 


Bishops Waltham, England – A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

News that No To The Bike Parking Tax (NTBPT), the group campaigning for free secure motorcycle and scooter parking in Westminster, has lost its High Court action against Westminster City Council appears to have caused a wave of despondency in the UK motorcycle press and on the social media networks.

Yes the NTBPT bid to re-establish free on road motorcycle and scooter parking in the City Westminster has failed, but never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. NTBPT still have options including appealing the High Court decision.

Westminster councillors and council officer’s may well be grinning over their perceived ‘victory’. They would do well to ponder the fact that NTBPT have blazed a trail on parking issues that many more bikers will be pleased to follow should their local council, borough or metropolitan authority make the mistake of considering parking charges for motorcycles and scooters.

Let’s consider the positives that NTBPT have achieved:-

Raised the profile of motorcycle and scooter usage in London.

Organised a professional, understandable, joinable and user-friendly single issue campaign.

Exploited social networking resources, Web2.0, in a way never before used by UK riders rights groups.

Achieved a high level of media exposure for the campaign and motorcycling in general.

Brought riders together in regular direct action protests of a size rarely seen before in London.

Has energised people in the motorcycle community who previously were uninvolved or uncommitted in a way that shows ‘people power’ works.

Shown up inadequacies in other UK rider and industry representative groups.

Rarely, if ever, been back footed by Westminster City Council tactics and have been prepared to use any legal means to back foot them.

Been among the very few motorcycle campaign groups to have their campaign objectives tested in court.

Laid down a marker on the free secure parking issue which may make other authorities consider charging a non starter.

Immense achievements, congratulations and well done to all involved.

The story continues….

Meantime….

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Find it here……

Have fun. Ride Safe

© Back Roads Rider 2010

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Liberty permalink
    July 23, 2010 9:08 am

    Far from being despondent at this small setback, the NTBPT group were out demonstrating in vastly *increased* numbers, this week, as their Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club and Wednesday Evening Supper Clubs saw record numbers of attendees, still determined to bring an end to Westminster’s attempt to turn the motorcycling community into the latest “cash cow” for local authorities. I also hear plans are afoot for a repeat of their highly successful M25 “Long Way Round” event, which saw around 2000 people rally to their cause, recently. Indeed, if anything, the Judge’s decision that Westminster City Council may not have technically broken the terms of the Road Traffic Act, seems to have energised and galvanised the NTBPT supporters even more! I think this is just the beginning.

  2. Heather Brooke permalink
    July 23, 2010 8:07 pm

    Thanks for writing this, it makes a refreshing change to read something that is not just a regurgitation of a press release. Wonder why on so many forums and in media articles it’s assumed that it’s all over. Without any form of PR spin, I am confident that the court case was just a mere prelude.

    This judgement may be seen soon as a millstone around the Councils neck, some of those NTBPT people are really quite clever (sadly I’m not one of the clever ones).

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