Government to terminate Addison Lee’s contract following last week’s PR fiasco
It has been revealed that the government is to terminate its contract with private hire car service Addison Lee, after chairman John Griffin last week urged his drivers to break the law by driving in bus lanes and ranted against cyclists.
John Collington, chief procurement officer for the government, is reported to have said: “We expect all private hire vehicles in London to adhere to the prohibition on using bus lanes. In regard to Addison Lee, the only existing government contract with the company will expire at the end of this month and is not being renewed."
Yesterday, an injunction by Transport for London to stop Addison Lee from telling drivers to drive in bus lanes was passed by the High Court.
Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director of surface transport, said: "The court felt compelled to grant an injunction because of the substantial risk of Addison Lee taking action that could result in the law being broken.
"We maintain that Addison Lee's instruction to its drivers was irresponsible and at odds with its position as a private hire operator.”