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The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) is slamming central London Boroughs for failing to provide adequate parking facilities for capital riders.

The call comes after Transport for London (TfL) Director Derek Turner who was responsible for the introduction of The London Congestion Charge announced a 20% increase in the numbers of motorcycles, mopeds and scooters on London roads since the introduction of the Congestion Charge in February.

MCI Director of Public Affairs Craig Carey-Clinch said action from central London Boroughs was crucial.

He said: "Clearly the increases in motorcycling demands a more proactive policy from central London Boroughs. More people are riding in London, not just to beat the Congestion Charge but traffic congestion in general and there is an urgent need for increased parking provision."

Mr Carey-Clinch said Westminster and The City were the worst offenders while others such as Wandsworth and Camden had a more proactive attitude towards parking for motorcyclists.

MP Lembit Opik, chair of The Parliamentary All Party Group for Motorcycling (APG), said: "You didn't have to be a traffic genius to work out that motorcycle usage would rocket once The Congestion Charge was introduced. And you don't have to be a prophet to predict that more powered two wheelers means more on-street parking is needed. The question is when will central London boroughs wake up and realise that it's in everyone's interests for riders to have more on-street parking space."

Derek Turner who is due to leave his post at Transport For London soon made his comments about the increases in motorcycle usage at the conference, 'Congestion Charging in The Capital & Lessons For The Rest of The UK', held in London today.

Mr Turner based the 20% increase on TfL figures gained from regular traffic counts and said motorcycles were 'undercounted'.

In recent weeks, the City of London and National Car Parks (NCP) have increased their provision of off-street parking for motorcyclists to the detriment of much needed on-street parking space. MCI experts say this discourages commuters from using motorcycles, mopeds and scooters to commute to work as people now have to park longer walking distances from their office spaces.



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