The London minicab firm Addison Lee, whose boss John Griffin has caused a storm in recent weeks over comments made about cycling and for instructing his drivers to illegally use the capital’s bus lanes, is set to lose it’s contract with the Government.

Last night Whitehall revealed that it’s deal with the company to ferry ministers and civil servants will not be renewed after it expires next month.

The decision could cost the firm tens of thousands of pounds: the Department for Education alone spent over £35,000 on the minicabs between August 2011 and January 2012.

Earlier in April, the company’s boss John Griffin controversially told his fleet of 3,500 drivers to illegally use London’s bus lanes which, in many places, also serve as cycle lanes.

Campaigners criticised this call, saying it would endanger the lives of cyclists and increase congestion.

Griffin further angered cyclists with an editorial in the company newsletter, AddLib, claiming that injuries to cyclists were inevitable and calling on them to ‘get trained and pay up.’

The Government insisted that the decision to terminate the contract was part of a wider review of how it uses private hire vehicles, and had nothing to do with Griffin’s instruction to his drivers.

Yet the move came just hours after a High Court judge yesterday responsed to an application by Transport for London (TfL), ordering Griffin not to repeat his letter to his drivers and to remove the advice from the company website.

In an ironic twist to the tale, Griffin was due to appear on BBC Radio 4 this morning to defend himself yet was unable to make it to the recording studios because…he was stuck in traffic.

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  • Atlas Cars

    that’s what addisnli deserved! If you are Guilty then their should be penalty for that. I know a cab company Atlas Cars of London that is becoming popular very fast.

    One can take Atlas Cars as an alternative of adisnnli. is their cab booking site.

  • William Hirst

    I only have one thing to say. Ha ha!

  • Alan

    A true Ratner moment…….on the bright side for his workers there will still be the need for them, just that Griffin will not get the money.

    He should really consider getting a new viewpoint on life, we is somewhat like a banker…..the money is mine ALL mine and sod anyone who tries to get it off me.

  • Ol Rappaport

    John Grifin was late for his interview on Radio 4’s Today programme! Stuck in motor traffic! Should have gone by bike!

    Now if only Barclays cancel their contract with Addison Lee and withdraw their funding of his expansion programme for the Olympic.

  • Tony

    Excellent news, its unfortunate that some of his drivers may loose thier jobs as a result, if they do, then its all down to John Griffin’s mouth.

  • Colnago dave