London cyclists blast Addison Lee for new bus lane fine vow

17:24 27 April 2012

Cyclists have slammed as not ‘fit and proper’ mini-cab firm Addison Lee for its vow to carry on paying fines incurred by its drivers for riding in London’s bus lanes.

A High Court judge ruled the firm must stop encouraging its drivers to flout rules which ban mini-cabs from bus lanes in the capital city.

But a spokesman for the firm, based in William Road, Camden, told London24.com: “The Court has confirmed that it would be entirely lawful for Addison Lee to decide, after any fine has been imposed on a driver for driving in a bus lane, to reimburse that driver in respect of the fine should it wish to do so.”

That sparked an angry reaction from the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).

“That shows Addison Lee are not fit and proper to run vehicles in town and they will be confronted by Transport for London we presume,” said a spokesman

“It’s extraordinary that a company which is supposed to be responsible is behaving like this. It would not be surprising if their clients feel they can no longer use their services. We think a company like this cannot be behaving in such an unacceptable way.

Bicycle users use bus lanes as a safer alternative for travelling than on the roads. Motorbikes and black taxis are also allowed. Mini-cabs are banned.

Addison Lee clashed with cycling groups over comments by the firm’s chief, John Griffin.

They claim cyclists are at risk on the roads from careless mini-cab drivers. Mr Griffin called for cycling in London to be more regulated.

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