He claims to cycle or get the tube almost everywhere, but Boris Johnson's latest expense claims show that he is becoming increasingly fond of taxis.
Newly released figures show that the Mayor claimed £1742 in taxi fares between the start of November and the end of January alone.
By comparison, the previous Mayor claimed just £729 on taxis in the whole of his final year in office.
When asked in January whether he was about to buy an official car, Boris's spokesperson replied that:
"He cycles everywhere he possibly can, and if he cannot he happily uses public transport or very occasionally a taxi."
I think that 'very occasionally' needs a little work.
The news that Boris is claiming large amounts in taxi fares comes after our story about his team spending £1000 on them in just one night.
The story, which made its way into the Daily Mail was countered by claims that using public transport would have been too dangerous.
Since then, details of a new expenses regime have been revealed at City Hall.
The review which was set up after Brian Coleman's £18,000 taxi bills has not brought forward any radical changes.
However, under the new guidelines the Mayor and Assembly members will only be able to claim for taxis:
"where the use of public transport is impossible or inappropriate e.g. when carrying large or heavy packages."
Members will be prohibited from claiming for taxis used during their commute, and business class flights will only be paid for in 'exceptional circumstances'.
The changes still need to be signed off by the Mayor.
At a meeting of today's Business Management and Administration Committee, Brian Coleman described the new regime as "unnecessarily prescriptive."
-Update- This story is now in the Evening Standard
Mayorwatch now has more
-Update- In the latest written questions Murad Qureshi asked the Mayor:
"Since 1 January 2009 how many journeys have you made by London bus?"
to which he replied:
"I undertake the vast majority of my journeys by bike and tube. I occasionally use the bus or a taxi if that is appropriate to the journey I am taking."
Shall we take that as 'none'?