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.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The boy band took a trio of awards at the AMAs.

Read more

Call centre worker Stevi Ritchie was voted off X Factor tonight, leaving only five acts remaining.

Read more

Barry’s face caught the attention of the Twittersphere during Sunday night’s Strictly.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

TOP Stories

Police believe that this man may be able to help them in their enquiries [Photograph from British Transport Police]

Police are trying to catch a man who attacked a woman and gashed open her nose at a West End Tube station, and want to speak to the man in this picture.

Yesterday, 18:31
The floods turned streets in Lewisham into rivers [Photograph by @n_s_martin]

Firefighters had to divert an entire river in south-east London when the Ravensbourn burst its banks after a night of torrential rain on Sunday.

Yesterday, 18:33
Ayan Omar sometimes goes by the name Yasmin Mohamed [Photograph courtesy of Metropolitan Police]

A schoolgirl from Southall has been missing since Wednesday November 19.

London Bloggers

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years:

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...