Court to decide on London bike fee

The fate of a controversial motorcycle parking charge rolled out in central London is set to be decided at the High Court.

The £1-a-day parking fee has been met with stiff opposition from London's biking community, who claim the charge is unlawful and offers no benefit to traffic management.

But Westminster City Council, which introduced the charge back in January, said the decision to levy motorcyclists - often exempt from city centre parking charges - was entirely justified and legal.

Opposition of the charge has come in the form of the "No To Bike Parking Tax" campaign, which has been funded by some 700 members intent on overturning the fee.

Campaign chairman Warren Djanogly said the protest group has accused the council of acting outside its powers by implementing the charge, which can be paid daily, weekly, monthly or annually.

Councillor Lee Rowley, Westminster's cabinet member for parking and transportation, said: "As a council, we do not shy away from robust debate but the policy to which the protesters object is a proper decision, properly arrived at by a democratically elected authority."

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