Chalkey in tax disc blunder

The City of Westminster Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley who is in charge of parking and responsible for defying his Conservative Party Policy by bringing in his own bike parking Stealth Tax , has blundered yet again. Last Sunday saw another demonstration against his city wide bike parking tax, where the pre-arranged and well advertised meeting point was Soho’s Golden Square. Chalkley could hardly deny that he didn’t know we were coming, after all he had found time to litter the square with hastily erected yellow CCTV warning signs, a further sign of his increasing paranoia against all things on two wheels.

Back in June we wrote a post titled “What really grinds our gears” about Chalkley’s hypocritical claims that his reason for the bike parking charge was that kerb side space was at a premium in Westminster. Chalkley uses an army of CEO’s (Civil Enforcement Officers -traffic wardens) to police his bike tax. As it’s all about the money, he has issued a number of these CEO’s with petrol scooters, so they can issue as many tickets as possible each day. In fact parking tickets issued to PTW’s (Powered Two Wheelers) are still running at twice the rate before his tax was inflicted on hard pressed Londoners (more about that in another post). Chalkley just why did you pick petrol scooters for your CEO’s when your own fellow councillor has proved to you that these scooters pollute more than a Hummer, we do hope you will trade them all in soon for Hummers? Unless that is you agree with us, that Councillor ‘mid life crises’ Burbridge was talking out of her wrinkly old arse again.

As a result of our “What really grind our gears” post some of our readers submitted Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to find out more about why your CEO’s were using up this so called valuable kerb space in such a congested part of town.

Chalkley creates kerbside demand with CEO's scooters

Chalkley creates kerbside demand with CEO

All but two of the scooters filling up the bike bay in the above photograph belong to Westminster City Council and are controlled by Cllr Chalkley. But the Council said “CEOs motorcycles have valid annual permits, they are permitted to park in any of the bays on street. CEOs are exempt from specific traffic regulations when the vehicle is engaged in a parking enforcement. i.e. stopping on double yellow lines; however, the vehicle should not be parked in a manner that causes an obstruction, affect traffic flow or road safety.

So what did we find on Sunday, not only was one of the council scooters parked outside of the bay, but all but one of them had no valid tax disc. As you can see from our post titled “Westminster parking, firm but fair” if any of us poor sods park like Chalkley’s mob we get a ticket.

So not only can Chalkley’s petrol driven scooters (he doesn’t like electric scooters either) can park wherever and however they like, they no longer need to display a valid tax disc. Actually they do, by law.

Nutsville wonders if Chalkley’s really is skitzophrenic, with all the double standards he has in public life.

Most of Chalkley’s scooters weren’t displaying a tax disc at all, one did have a valid tax disc, the others had very out of date discs.

Council scooter tax expired 28 Feb 2009

Council scooter tax expired 28 Feb 2009

Tax expired December 2008

Tax expired December 2008

The two photographs above were taken on Sunday 16th 2009 in Golden Square in front of police witnesses by one of our readers. If you want to check Chalkley, just play back your wonderful CCTV footage, or were the cameras pointing the wrong way or have the wrong chips in.

If you have a PTW parked up in Westminster which doesn’t have valid tax, you will be pleased to know that Councillor Chalkley will be on your case. He has outsourced to a company called Redcorn Ltd to hang around Westminster sleeping, but ready to wisk your bike back to their breakers yard up in Tottenham. Yes, this is the same Redcorn Ltd who were fined £50,000 for leaking hazardous waste in to the environment, that’s nice and green of you Chalkley pat yourself on the back for finding such a company.

Redcorn goons sleeping in Hanover Sq

Redcorn goons sleeping in Hanover Sq

They're coming to take you away Ha Ha

They’re coming to take you away Ha Ha

Nutsville thinks that Chalkley’s parking department are drunk on power, too drunk to get contracts novated. But they do want to alter the Data Protection Act to screw more money out of you the public. Look what it says in this Bayswater Area Forum news letter, you will have to scroll right to the end of the 17 page document to look under The Sustainable Communities Act.

“Parking – A proposal to request that the government alters the terms of the Data Protection Act
so that vehicles can be identified more quickly than is currently the case. Increased access to
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) databases would help the City Council manage
Westminster’s road network more effectively.”

We think the last sentence should say “help the City Council milk Westminster’s road users more effectively”, still just one word wrong.

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4 Comments

ConsideringLeavingAugust 19th, 2009 at 8:48 am

Double standards again… By Westminster City Council… I don’t believe it!

[...] “CEOs are exempt from specific traffic regulations when the vehicle is engaged in a parking enforcement. i.e. stopping on double yellow lines; however, the vehicle should not be parked in a manner that causes an obstruction, affect traffic flow or road safety.” (see our post: Chalkey in tax disc blunder). [...]

SteveAugust 22nd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Watch out, if your bike gets towed by Redcorn Ltd you will have to travel 10 miles all the way across London to the Redcorn pound in White Hart Lane, Tottenham, which is only open between 8am and 5pm Monday – Friday.

Redcorn have a number of ‘spotters’ who go round finding motorbikes and mopeds with out of date tax discs and then they call on one of their 4 motorcycle removal vehicles (pictured above) which is able to remove six motorcycles at a time.

Be warned, the chances of Redcorn damaging your bike while removing it are pretty high. I’ve visited the Redcorn pound and they seem like a bunch of cowboys.

Ford Focus PartsMay 27th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Most of Chalkley’s scooters weren’t displaying a tax disc at all, one did have a valid tax disc, the others had very out of date discs.

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