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Old 21st April 2012   #1
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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.

Therefore:

LFGSS call upon all cyclists to:
  • Boycott Addison Lee immediately.
  • To petition their employers to close any accounts with Addison Lee.
The latter is to ensure companies are not complicit in encouraging Addison Lee drivers to flaunt road laws and increase the risk to cyclists and other road users. Many companies have compliance and ethics positions that should allow you as an employee to have Addison Lee taken off the books because of their disregard for laws and the safety of others.

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:
http://boycottaddisonlee.wordpress.com/

Discussions on forums:
BikeRadar: http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/view...php?t=12849053
CycleChat: http://cyclechat.net/threads/boss-of...clists.100443/
LFGSS: http://www.lfgss.com/thread83970.html
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
TriTalk: http://www.tritalk.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=85827
Urban 75: http://www.urban75.net/forums/thread...addlee.291984/
YACF: http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58680.0

Selected Press:
BikeBiz: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/hit...isonlee/012932
The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public...cle3390328.ece
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Old 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....
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Old 21st April 2012   #3
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Petition signed
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Old 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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Old 21st April 2012   #5
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hailo is great... I do think it should be mentioned.

However, it might start to look like a spam campaign in favour of hailo and the ratings and comments be nuked.

Just upvote as helpful the existing top review that mentions it.
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Old 21st April 2012   #6
Eamesy
Wac.
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Old 21st April 2012   #7
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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.
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Old 21st April 2012   #8
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Yeah, I'm largely of the decentralised anarchist view whereby people make up their own minds, others don't tell them what to do, and we get on with our own stuff.

But every now and then, someone like John Griffin provides a moment of focus.
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Old 21st April 2012   #9
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Can someone post this up through the lfgss Facebook page as well.
We can share that easily and spread to many more...?
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Old 21st April 2012   #10
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Go ahead.

I'm not on Facebook... not sure who controls the group on there. Is it not possible for a member of the group to do so? Or is Facebook shitter than even I recall.
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Old 21st April 2012   #11
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Just nerg reviewed the app
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Old 21st April 2012   #12
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Also, next time i see an AL driver using the lane ill be calling the met police to make a complaint about illegal driving.....
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Old 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.
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Old 21st April 2012   #14
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Have you got links to the other threads, I wouldn't mind listing them and attempting to get common agreement across communities.
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Old 21st April 2012   #15
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Petition Signed
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Old 21st April 2012   #16
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Training for cyclists indeed,some of these Addiscum Lee drivers are awful drivers.I have both cameras on for today's commute.
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Old 21st April 2012   #17
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Signed
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Old 21st April 2012   #18
bullwinkle
http://www.tritalk.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=85827
http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/view...053&p=17568702

One from a taxi forum (bit of unity maybe?)
http://www.taxi-driver.co.uk/phpBB2/...hp?f=2&t=19062

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.
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Old 21st April 2012   #19
Catulus
Good initiative, signed!
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Old 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.
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Old 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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Old 21st April 2012   #22
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Petition signed. Can I share text from this forum on FB to encourage more signatures?
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Old 21st April 2012   #23
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Yes, share any and all of it wherever you want. I'm really not precious about it... the cycling community is never all in one place, and by whatever means the message can leak out is fine with me.
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Old 21st April 2012   #24
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signed.
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Old 21st April 2012   #25
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Frankly the petition is worth little... the government don't have power to, they will say it's for TfL, and I've already spoken to John Mason at TfL who admitted it wouldn't happen.

It's more a centralised count of those against AddLee.
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Old 21st April 2012   #26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Velocio View Post
Yeah, I'm largely of the decentralised anarchist view whereby people make up their own minds, others don't tell them what to do, and we get on with our own stuff.

But every now and then, someone like John Griffin provides a moment of focus.
My opinion too, although sometimes you have to work with what's there.
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Old 21st April 2012   #27
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Petition signed and added to Leeds fixed's page, hopefully get a few more signatures.

Still can't quite believe the things he has come out with, WAMC.
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Old 21st April 2012   #28
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Good work.
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Old 21st April 2012   #29
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signed.
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Old 21st April 2012   #30
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Signed & tweeted etc.
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Old 21st April 2012   #31
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Signed and done - petition link emailed out to colleagues, friends etc
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Old 21st April 2012   #32
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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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Old 21st April 2012   #33
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Ha, that's a good one, Bill. Addison Lee's riders not insured--great story.

Perhaps this could be the thin end of the wedge to advance the cause of third party insurance in the industry.
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Old 21st April 2012   #34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Oliver Schick View Post
Perhaps this could be the thin end of the wedge to advance the cause of third party insurance in the industry.
Yes, it would be good to see a policy offered to "working cyclists". Anyone know what the pro racers do for 3rd party? They aren't covered either.
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Old 21st April 2012   #35
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Should make it clear that people cycling to business meetings, or cycle with their tools to fix things, ie workers who cycle, ARE covered 3rd party. It is only pedicabs, couriers & pro-road racers, ie people who are paid to cycle, that aren't covered.
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Old 21st April 2012   #36
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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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Old 21st April 2012   #37
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Needs tags...
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Old 21st April 2012   #38
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Sigh, nothing really changes
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Old 21st April 2012   #39
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Just cancelled a 78 booking of an AL cab collecting from Heathrow T4, need to get there by 6 or I'm going to be really unpopular
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Old 21st April 2012   #40
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Just cancelled a 78 booking of an AL cab collecting from Heathrow T4, need to get there by 6 or I'm going to be really unpopular
There's heaps of alternatives to Addy Lee.
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Old 21st April 2012   #41
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So many guests viewing this thread, can only be a good thing.
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Old 21st April 2012   #42
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Originally Posted by Velocio View Post
I hate to make LFGSS the centre for any campaign, but truly... fuck Addison Lee.
I think it's important to note that the comments are John Griffin's, not those of the people that work for Addy Lee. I know some riders & drivers at Addy Lee, and I also know employees of Addy Lee, and I am sure most of them are horrified by Griffin's comments. They have my sympathies, are they may well be the ones that suffer financially as the result of their bosses provocative & ignorant statements.
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Old 21st April 2012   #43
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Good point buffalo bill. Lets hope those inside Addison Lee have the guts to express their opinions.
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Old 21st April 2012   #44
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Good point buffalo bill. Lets hope those inside Addison Lee have the guts to express their opinions.
Not a chance. They would get the sack, if it came to the attention of management.
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Old 21st April 2012   #45
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If you're looking for a PCO private hire car (licensed minicab), you can search by postcode on the TfL site here:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/findaride/
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Old 21st April 2012   #46
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Addison Lee what?
http://oi43.tinypic.com/vghd7q.jpg
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Old 21st April 2012   #47
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Bill View Post
I think it's important to note that the comments are John Griffin's, not those of the people that work for Addy Lee. I know some riders & drivers at Addy Lee, and I also know employees of Addy Lee, and I am sure most of them are horrified by Griffin's comments. They have my sympathies, are they may well be the ones that suffer financially as the result of their bosses provocative & ignorant statements.
Speak up then. Your boss is practically calling you a mug.
It's about the integrity. Personally I don't get cyclists who would work as couriers for AL.
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Old 21st April 2012   #48
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Signed.
Good work.
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Old 21st April 2012   #49
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Last edited by dancing james; 21st April 2012 at 18:12. Reason: not quite sure why i am self censoring, but there seems to be confusion as to what is acceptable language
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Old 21st April 2012   #50
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Unfortunately no stickers until next weekend
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