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Boycott Addison Lee
You may have read ( http://www.lfgss.com/thread83970.html ) this week about how John Griffin, the owner of Addison Lee, started the week off by instructing his drivers to ignore road laws ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ap...vers-bus-lanes ) by driving in the bus lane. As if that wasn't enough of a risk to cyclists by encouraging all minicabs to encroach on one of the few spaces in which cyclists feel safe, he ended the week by denying cyclists the right to wobble, claiming SMIDSY ("Sorry mate, I didn't see you!") is a defence once you've hit a cyclist and then rolled out the tired line about cyclists not paying road tax.
The Times have a great article ( http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public...cle3390328.ece ) pulling apart the latter statement, but the fact remains that John Griffin and Addison Lee are greatly increasing the risk to cyclists by ignoring road laws and denying their part in being responsible road users.
John Griffin has been trying to deflect the outrage to his statements back onto cyclists, calling for cyclists to take training and "pay up", rather than looking at his own actions which is the issue at hand.
LFGSS call upon all cyclists to:
This boycott should run until such a time that John Griffin makes a statement, on behalf of Addison Lee, in which he commits Addison Lee to fully respect all road laws and other road users.
Such a position will obviously immediately reverse the instruction to enter bus lanes that he gave to his drivers.
Alternative companies to Addison Lee can be discovered via the TfL: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/findaride/ and you may also want to consider Black Cabs and the Hailo app.
In addition to the boycott you may also wish to:
And on Monday there is a demonstration happening outside Addison Lee offices at 6pm.
A (suspected Black Cab) organised boycott site:
Discussions on forums:
London Taxi Drivers Forum: http://londontaxi.proboards.com/inde...d=13433&page=1
Taxi Driver Online: http://www.taxi-driver.co.uk/phpBB2/...hp?f=2&t=19062
Urban 75: http://www.urban75.net/forums/thread...addlee.291984/
The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public...cle3390328.ece
|21st April 2012||#2|
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Petition signed, will be at the protest if I can get out of work early enough. Told everyone I can think of to ditch their account, nerg the app and have nothing further to do with the cunts.
I've taken 1 addy lee cab in my life(a couple of weeks back): speeding, wrong way up a 1 way, thru a no entry and 2 rlj's all between wapping and stokey. Sounds like he'd make a great forumenger....
|21st April 2012||#4|
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Signed and nerged. The iTunes reviews are going well. :)
EDIT, just singed in on a different computer and was able to rate the app again. :)
Also wondering if we should help raise the profile of an alternative for people, such as Hailo.
Last edited by Wicksie; 21st April 2012 at 08:56.
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BTW, the boycott call has just been sent to the 21,000 people that are on the LFGSS mailing list.
I hate to make LFGSS the centre for any campaign, but truly... fuck Addison Lee. So if you can retweet, tell others, and basically get the message out there far and wide, that would be aceness.
|21st April 2012||#13|
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Similar threads on tri and other cycling forums seem to popping up all over the shop according to google.
Tri peeps are wealthy as fuck right? So if their business/company contracts get taken elsewhere it should give the long-tie/gaudy watch wearing tit something to think about.
|21st April 2012||#18|
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One from a taxi forum (bit of unity maybe?)
Mayoral elections may be good opportunity to get something done about this. Boris appears to be keeping very quiet on this one so far, wonder whether some kind of open letter to him via Evening Standard would spur a response. Jenny Jones has been excellent and very vocal about this.
|21st April 2012||#20|
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Also found the debate on the London Taxi Drivers Forum, linked them too.
There is a Boycott Addison Lee website that has been set up... I think it's run by Black Cabs. They have a list of major companies that use Addison Lee... so it's easy to check whether yours does, if you work for a major company.
It should be even easier to get a corporate compliance and governance thing started within a large corp as they do not like bad press from their contractors doing bad things whilst working for them.
|21st April 2012||#21|
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Could those people on other forums also post link to this thread. I just want to unify the action amongst us. They can copy it onto their forums if they want, I'm not precious... it's more about making sure we all have the same clear goals and will take the same action consistently.
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I tweeted this somewhere else, but in case you missed it, I reckon that none of Addy Lee's bicycle couriers have had cycle training, and I can guarantee you that none of them have 3rd party cover, as all the 3rd party cover for cyclists specifically excludes "working cyclists" (check your policy details if you don't believe me). I am thinking of writing a letter to Mr Griffin on this topic.
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How do we make this thread about addison lee appear higher up the google ranking when you search addison lee , or type addison lee , or browse addison lee .
Does repeating addison lee make it climb?
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It's about the integrity. Personally I don't get cyclists who would work as couriers for AL.
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