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Mayor lets court do his job – Unite accuses Johnson of failing to put public interest first

Unite has welcomed the temporary High Court injunction granted against mini cab company Addison Lee today (26 April 2012) but  Boris Johnson could have intervened earlier and stopped this charade from ending up in the courts.
 
The temporary injunction prevents Addison Lee chairman and wealthy Tory donor John Griffin from continuing to encourage his 3,700 drivers to illegally use bus lanes.
 
Unite represents London bus workers and black cab drivers who are warning that any plans to relax bus lane restrictions would be a recipe for travel chaos on London’s roads.
 
Unite’s London regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said:
 
“This charade should never have got  to the courts.  Boris Johnson should have used all his powers as mayor to put John Griffin in his place and oppose mini-cabs using bus lanes.   Instead he failed to put the public interest first. Any plans to relax bus lane restrictions would be a recipe for travel chaos on London’s roads.
 
“Going after a major donor might not win him friends in the Tory Party, but Boris Johnson needs to do the right thing for Londoners.”
 
“Boris Johnson must now unequivocally rule out mini cabs drivers being allowed to use London’s busy bus lanes.”

 
ENDS
 
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315

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