Motorcyclists have hit out at plans to introduce new parking charges that could cost them up to £10 a day.

Hackney Council is currently consulting on proposals to introduce a motorcycle parking permit, in line with rules for other vehicles.

The new charges will be introduced over a three-year period and are emission-based, meaning that some motorcyclists with an electric bike could pay as little as £25.50 a year in 2024, increasing to £52 from 2025.

But riders with diesel motorcycles could be forced to pay up to £3,636.50 a year for a valid permit.

Campaigners have criticised the move to introduce permits for motorcyclists.

A spokesperson for campaign group Save London Motorcycling said: “[From these changes] some of the lowest paid workers and most vulnerable Hackney residents will suffer hardship."

Objectors to the proposal at a scrutiny panel meeting on July 13 claimed the short-stay parking charges were unaffordable for most commuters and would effectively ban commuting by motorcycle.

A council officer claimed that the majority of resident motorcycle users would fall into the lower charging bands of between £65 and £75 a year.

The spokesperson added: “The panel's questions clearly revealed fundamental flaws in the policy, but still councillors voted to press ahead.

“Councillors dismissed their…charges for motorcycle and scooter riders as being affordable and insignificant.”

Hackney Council said that the initial plans have been improved based on issues raised by campaigners.

Changes include a new hourly price and no maximum stay limits for motorcycle-only bays, charges for short stay parking in solo motorcycle bays being phased in over three years, and discounted hourly parking charges for electric motorcycles.

National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) Executive Director Craig Carey-Clinch added: "The NMC urges Hackney Council to rethink their attack on motorcycle commuting.

“Riders are a significant body of voters and the recent result in the Uxbridge by-election should give Hackney and other administrations pause for thought when it comes to policies which are designed to restrict freedom of movement for legitimate two-wheeled transport users in the way which Hackney proposes.”

Hackney Council’s consultation on the proposed changes closes on Friday (August 4). Visit to take part.