Motorcycle Parking Charges in London

I am constantly surprised that our customers who start their motorcycle riding journey and have to commute into London are not aware of the additional savings they can achieve by the use of a motorcycle.

Often in many Boroughs parking for motorcycles is free, however the below are the costs for Westminster.

Considering the average for a car to park per hour is around £4.20, the savings along with no Congestion Charge is a no brainer.

Motorcyclists can park for £1 a day in a dedicated ‘solo motorcycle bay’. When you buy a daily permit you can move between motorcycle bays during the same day without any further charge. Longer term permits are also available.

Costs for on-street motorcycle bay parking

Permit duration Price
1 day £1
1 week £3.50
1 month £13.50
1 quarter £33.50
1 year £100

Motorcycle bay parking is free for electric motorcycles.

Motorcycle bay controls

Motorcycle bays are for motorcycles only during the hours of control. A motorcycle is defined as a ‘powered 2-wheeler’ or by a tax class of ‘bicycle’.

In parking zones A, B, C and D motorcycle bays are for motorcycles only at all times.

In parking zones E, F and G motorcycle bays are for motorcycles only between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday; other vehicles can use the bays outside these hours.

In all motorcycle bays, payment is required between 8.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Off-street car parks

You can park off-street for free in a Q-Park dedicated motorcycle bay car park (excluding Soho).

Other ways to park your motorcycle

You can also park in paid-for parking bays. Standard parking tariffs will apply.

Resident permit holders

If you hold a resident permit for your motorcycle you can park for no additional charge in the following bays:

  • any motorcycle bay in the borough
  • resident bays and shared-use bays in the zone of your permit
  • paid-for bays in the zone of your permit during the first and last hour of controls

Motorcyclists put at risk in new transport strategy for London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new transport strategy ignores the benefits of powered two wheelers and in doing so puts riders’ lives at greater risk

 Following a public consultation on the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, Transport for London (TfL) has decided to ignore the benefits of using powered two wheelers (PTWs). In doing so, it has placed the safety of hundreds of thousands of regular motorcycle and scooter riders at risk by disregarding calls to properly include them in London’s transport strategy.

 In its war on motorised transport, TfL is lumping commuter motorcycles and scooters in with cars, taxis and construction traffic, despite the fact that PTWs significantly reduce congestion in the capital, take up less road space and are far less damaging to air quality.

 Before Mr Khan was elected, he told rider groups and industry that: ‘It is absolutely right for us to enable PTWs to play their part in delivering a less congested road network’.  (See notes for full letter).

 Since being elected, the Mayor has failed to translate that promise into his transport strategy. This will result in more misery for London commuters and other road users. Whether the Mayor likes it or not, motorised road transport will continue to be necessary for the day to day functioning of one of the world’s largest cities.

 With an ideological approach towards cycling, he has reduced lane widths on several major routes making it difficult and more dangerous for PTWs to filter.  He has thus far failed to orchestrate a consistent policy on bus lane access for riders and will not recognise that most small PTWs, of any age, already meet the ultra-low emission criteria and in turn support their use accordingly.

 The Motorcycle Industry Association believes that congestion, air quality and rider safety can only be improved if the needs of this vulnerable user group are factored into road planning and transport strategy, in the way cycling is.  This proposition is supported in an industry whitepaper.

 CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, Tony Campbell, says: 

 “The Mayor clearly has his own agenda around motorcycles and scooters, which was not made clear to the riders who elected him following his promise to champion their contribution to reducing London’s congestion.

 “At a recent meeting with the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA), the Mayor said that he agreed PTWs had an important part to play. In doing so he also agreed to review his Transport Strategy, taking into account the feedback he had received during the consultation period. To quote Mr Khan: “I have read through the industry’s response to my Transport Policy Document and can say I agree with most of what you are saying, not all but most”.

 “Given this statement, it is more than disappointing that the Mayor has decided to yet again ignore what is clear common sense for transport policy.

 “The MCIA strongly urges the Mayor to take another look at his plans to not only fulfil his pre-election commitment to riders and London voters, but also to honour his words at the recent meeting with Industry.”