Friday, 11 December 2009

Dodgy cab for Darren Johnson!

Chairman of the London Assembly Darren Johnson is in trouble with London's cabbies after admitting to taking an illegal minicab from the City Hall Christmas party.

The Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Lewisham sent out a series of tweets (now deleted) asking for a taxi to pick him up.

But before one could get to him, Darren decided to take an illegal minicab instead:

Tweeting cabbies (including those who had tried to come and get him) were enraged that he appeared to be encouraging illegal cabs.

Especially as TfL have just launched a campaign discouraging people from using them:



Now I've met Darren before and he seems like a decent chap, so I'm sure he will have woken up with some regrets about this.

But something tells me that his journey home won't have been the first thought on his mind...

More pictures here and here :)



-UPDATE- Darren Johnson said today:

"Yesterday evening I stupidly took an illegal minicab to get me home. It cost me more than a licensed taxi, and I was lucky that it did not cost me much more in terms of my personal safety. Londoners should always heed the official advice to only ever take a licensed taxi cab or pre booked licensed minicab to get home. They should learn from my mistake that unbooked minicabs are illegal and expensive and place personal safety at serious risk. I want to make it clear that this journey was a personal one that was not chargeable to the GLA and that I'm very sorry to have done it."
-UPDATE- The Evening Standard have also picked up on this story now, in typically hysterical style

14 comments:

Chris said...

First Brian, then Boris, and now Darren, what is it about City Hall and taxis?

AdamB said...

Ha ha, it does seem to be something of a running theme.

Colm said...

He could've got a night bus from London Bridge to Brockley. Bad Green.

Chris said...

is it just me or does Boris's dancing style bare a close resemblance to his Russian namesake?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e2lV0ar1Gc&feature=related

AdamB said...

No it's not just you Chris. Dance Boris, dance!

Mark Lee said...

Londoner in "Impossible to get a black cab after midnight" shocker.

I love black cabs, and always use them if I can. But I do grow tired of cabbies' complaints about minicabs touting for trade at night when there are naff all black cabs available in town, when black cab operators refuse to take cash bookings by phone at night, and when by the time you find that elusive cab with a yellow light, the cabbie will pull a face and refuse to take you to your destination because it's not on his route home.

I can completely understand why a cabbie would not want to work on a Friday / Saturday night, and I can also completely understand if a cabbie is trying to find a fare that is roughly in the direction of their home, but then please don't complain about minicabs that are filling the hole in the market that is created.

barry rochford said...

I don't think it's about whether you take a black cab or not, as Mark Lee seems to be inferring, but whether the mini-cab is licensed or not.
Darren played a big part in the last administration which sorted out the unlicensed cabs and also some aspects of 'the knowledge'. Until recently it covered Park Lane, but not Peckham. (Has it yet been modified).
So Darren should have known better.

AdamB said...

All fair points Mark, but it's still hard to see this as anything other than a (minor but amusing) blooper. He could and should have used a legal minicab or the cabwise service, and he certainly shouldn't have tweeted about using a dodgy cab. He presumably realises that, which is why he has deleted his tweets.

I've used dodgy cabs myself in the past and had a couple of quite scary experiences. I wouldn't do it again in a hurry.

Harold said...

I'd have thought being at a disco with Boris was far more dodgy.

AdamB said...

I've added an apology from Darren. I told you he was a decent chap.

No apology for the dancing though!

John B said...

If the dancing pics are anything to go by, Darren would've needed a cabbie with, erm, esoteric tastes to suffer the kind of fate in the warning movie.

(yes, pirate cabs very bad, etc.)

AdamB said...

What a terrible slur John! It looks like he's got all the right moves to me.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Fury is an overused word at the Standard.

white rabbit said...

Fury is an overused journalistic cliche generally. I think it means 'mildly disapproving' in the context.

I more than mildly disapprove of photos of the mayoral lard mountain wobbling on the disco floor. Not a sight for the squeamish - or indeed anyone else...