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TfL gets tough on Addison Lee in bus lane battle

Quote of the day: 'It's like saying that McDonalds can be allowed on the high street and Burger King should be off it.' John Griffin, the founder of the £200m minicab company, Addison Lee, vents spleen to London Loves Business on regulations that allow only London's black cabs to use bus lanes, but not private taxi companies.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

In a maverick move, Griffin has instructed his drivers to use the bus lanes as they wish, saying he will reimburse them for any fines incurred as a result. Griffin sees the ‘black cabs only’ stance as an illegal monopoly - TfL has a policy of a preferring black cabs. Of course, black cabs, unlike minicabs, are fully licensed, which rather explains TfL's partiality. 

Unfortunately for Griffin’s drivers, TfL are not having any of it. Almost as soon as he had uttered the words, TfL trotted out a press release saying drivers who flouted the rules would face criminal prosecution and may even lose their PHV drivers’ licences. In addition, TfL is considering ‘urgent’ legal and regulatory action against Addison Lee, and was yesterday working with police to make sure extra coppers were on the roads enforcing bus lane rules.

A big statement from Mr. Griffin, but it looks like his controversial instructions to staff are a road to nowhere.

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