Westminster council agrees motorbike parking fees in spite of vandalism
Motorcyclists will be charged to park in central London after council bosses approved the scheme.
Westminster will charge riders £1 a day for on-street parking from Monday 25 January, making it the first London authority to do so.
Thirty motorcycle parking road signs have been vandalised or stolen in the past five days, taking the cost of attacks directed at the scheme to £60,000.
The council has stepped up surveillance and says it will prosecute anyone found attacking the signs, which list regulations and hours.
Motorcyclists have staged protests to defend free parking and websites challenging the plans have sprung up.
One site — www.nutsville.com — has pictures of damaged parking signs and tells riders that if a sign has been vandalised, they should refuse to pay.
Loads of photo's on nutsville