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Kabbee CEO requests TFL to allow minicabs to use bus lanes

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 Justin Peters

CEO and Founder of Kabbee

1 The Broadway

Crouch End

London

N8 8DU

Friday 6th June, 2014

Leon Daniels

Transport for London

11th Floor, Zone R4

Palestra

197 Blackfriars Road

London

SE1 8NJ

Dear Leon,

I am writing to request temporary access to London’s bus lanes for licensed minicabs from 2pm on Wednesday 11th June 2014, during the time that black cab drivers plan to demonstrate.

The fact that black cabs won’t be using the bus lanes, we hope that you will consider granting minicabs access, to attempt to keep London moving.

Since our launch in June 2011, the Kabbee app has been downloaded by more than 400,000 Londoners, who use the app to access 70 fleets and over 10,000 licensed minicabs.  Kabbee is designed to Make Minicabs Mighty, to help Londoners move around the city – this request is part of our mission.

You may remember that during London’s recent tube strikes, I personally asked for Transport for London to grant London’s licensed minicabs temporary access to bus lanes, to which you replied:

‘During the recent RMT strike the largest number of buses ever were deployed on London’s streets, carrying around an extra million passengers and playing a crucial role in keeping London moving.

‘To allow additional traffic to use our bus lanes, including private hire vehicles, would only cause disruption to these services which would make no sense at all.’

During the hours when 15,000 black cabs are going to be absent from the bus lanes, surely it makes sense to allow minicabs to keep London moving.

I, along with millions of Londoners, would appreciate your consideration of this request, and if you are unable grant permission, please quantify your reason for this.

Yours sincerely,

Justin Peters

CEO & Founder, Kabbee

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