18 July 2017

Delivery bike tax

Mr Mustard happened to see this official notification in the Barnet Press

What payment exemption?
Now Mr Mustard does recall Cllr John Hart mentioning at committee the problem of pizza (well food anyway) delivery bikes taking up all the space in the day in Mill Hill Broadway to the detriment of car drivers who might want to pay to park (revenue of course was not his first thought, it was the loss of a visitor, full stop, of course) & Mr Mustard can see how it might present a problem in certain locations.

The above appears to be an attempt to fix the problem, if there is one, by making motorcycle bays longer and reserving them for businesses who have paid to park there, the Mr Mustard motorbike not having a permit will have to park elsewhere, which would be in a car space for free, thus preventing yet more parking by cars. The problem with reserving any section of road space for one class of vehicle is that the rest suffer even more (a bit like bus lanes but let's not go there today).

Google's last drive by image is below

Maybe there is a fast food delivery shop on the corner now, residents will know and can comment. Mr Mustard prefers slow food, especially at Table du Marché, at no. 111. (their service is at the correct tempo, Mr Mustard is referring to slow food as being real food, he never has pizza delivered to Mustard Mansions).

Anyway if the problem is too many delivery scooters, the bay doesn't fix that problem, in fact it makes the problem official and rakes in the money at the same time. Trebles all round, as they say in Private Eye.

Unless councillors have voted on creating motorcycle permits at a committee meeting, and they may have as Mr Mustard has been a bit slack on his recent attendances, these permits can't yet be sold in any event? However it looks like the Traffic Management Order can be amended by the Chief Executive which is to give him policy making power when really he should only implement what councillors decide upon.

Yours frugally

Mr Mustard


  1. The pizza shop on the corner has been parking there bikes at this location and complaint are regularly made. The idea to make them pay is a way of stopping the any complaints. It also means that LBB can harvest some more cash from local business. Let's also see how many unsupecting bikers visiting the area get caught and get a pcn as well as car driver as it will be instant pcm for them as well. The bays are likely to be 24 hours unless the bays have been requested by the pizza company.

  2. Motorcycles park free in pay and display bays in Barnet. Anyone wanting to visit East Finchley on a motorcycle would possibly read this:


    Have any PCNs been issued yet to motorcycles on East Finchley high road?

    Councils that do not let motorcycles park free in pay and display bays usually add motorcycle parking bays where motorcycles park free. However from reading this they have REMOVED a motorcycle bay and then expect motorcycles to not park elsewhere?

    Motorcyclists do not want to park in the side roads as they are far more likely to be stolen there than on the high road.

    I can understand a problem if there are a lot of delivery bikes, but they are not going away are they, it's other motorcycles that the council is planning to ban from the area.

  3. Although the council publish a list of all PCNs issued that does not contain the type of vehicle so I cannot answer your question, sorry.


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