Combat in opposition to Hackney Council’s motorbike parking char…


Save London Motorcycling has criticised a panel set-up to scrutinise Hackney Council’s motorbike parking cost proposals within the London borough.

Save London Motorcycling (SLMC) has been on the forefront of the campaigns in opposition to Hackney Council’s motorbike parking costs since early-2022. 

Since then, the proposed costs have been decreased from what might have been £14,000 per yr per bike to what now ought to be round £2,300 per yr per bike, together with electrical bikes. 

When Visordown requested Hackney Council about its motorbike parking cost proposals, it stated it hoped that the fees on all powered two-wheelers (PTW) would encourage extra individuals to cycle or use public transport.

The newest improvement is {that a} scrutiny panel, set-up by Inexperienced and Conservative Occasion councillors on Hackney Council, has failed to attain any change within the Council’s plans. That is regardless of a 77.3% disagreement with the plans amongst these requested for his or her opinion in a session, and an expectation that the fees will put these residing and dealing in Hackney into transport poverty. 

A Save London Motorcycling spokesperson stated: “We, alongside hundreds of others, don’t settle for this outcome. The council has a duty to make coverage that’s evidence-based and to watch the impression of their insurance policies on those that shall be affected most. On this among the lowest paid staff and most weak Hackney residents will endure excessive hardship as a direct outcome.

“Yesterday’s charade of scrutiny laid naked the utter farce which is governance in Hackney at present. The panel’s questions clearly revealed elementary flaws within the coverage, however nonetheless Councillors voted to blindly press forward with utterly unprecedented and devastating costs with none thought what the impacts shall be.

“After spending over an hour discussing the price of residing disaster, foodbank use and the devastating impression of a £10 every week profit lower, within the very subsequent merchandise Councillors dismissed their £50 every week costs for motorbike and scooter riders as being reasonably priced and insignificant. This degree of hypocrisy defies perception, and reveals any pretence of Labour Hackney Councillors caring about hard-pressed residents and staff is nothing however cynical empty gesturing.

“We urge everybody involved with equity and the lives and livelihoods of Hackney staff, residents, and carers to affix our marketing campaign and get up in opposition to this injustice, and all Hackney residents to rigorously take into account whether or not this Council shows the requirements they need from their representatives.”

Steve Garelick of GMB Union stated: “We’re astonished that regardless of engagement with the coalition representing PTW riders together with GMB that Hackney have chosen to disregard constructive and priceless options and take a place that appears to make staff lives tougher and create better expense which will result in an exodus of staff and enterprise resulting from draconian pricing on a transport mode that has low emissions impression compared to plant equipment, emissions from eating places and standard autos together with buses and LGVs. It’s hoped that Hackney councillors rethink this coverage.”

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