Boris's taxi

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Thursday 25 June 2009 3.27pm
How on earth can a trip from E&C to City Hall cost 99???? Streeeeeeetch Limo perhaps.
Thursday 25 June 2009 3.39pm
For those who didn't see it on Twitter, here's the background:
http://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/boriss-4000-taxi-bill/20098215

This was the occasion of the trip to E&C
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/3309
He must have left the cab waiting while he did his photo opportunity.

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Thursday 25 June 2009 5.54pm
That is really quite unbelievable! I assumed he got stuck in unbearable traffic.

On the other hand, if he cycles on numerous occasions, the tax payer is probably making a saving overall. It's still a highly objectionable claim though.
TAK
Friday 26 June 2009 11.12am
Doesn't it say it was a return trip? Therefore I guess most if it was probably waiting time....One wonders if it wouldn't make sense to just hire a car and driver for a day where there is much travelling expected.
Friday 26 June 2009 12.35pm
TAK wrote:
Doesn't it say it was a return trip? Therefore I guess most if it was probably waiting time....

You are probably right on the money there TAK.
I am a black cab driver, and you would be amazed at the length of waiting times I encounter on some corporate account trips.
Wild horses could not drag the names from me of some of the big accounts who regularly do this, but it can't hurt now since their demise to tell you that Lehman Brothers was one of them.
I once waited 77 minutes with the meter running at their Canary Wharf H.Q. to take a guy to The Gun in Coldharbour for lunch.
Had he entered my cab at the prebooked time the fare would have been around 7.40 - 8.00 and taken maybe five or six minutes.
In fact it exceeded 45.00.
Only last Monday I took an account customer from Bishopsgate to Fenchurch St., a distance of less than half a mile, waited almost an hour then took her back to Bishopsgate, 39.80.
She carried nothing more than a laptop and could probably have covered the trip on foot in 10 - 12 minutes each way, or gone there in my cab and booked another when she was ready to return, probably 6.80 - 7.20 each trip.
Friday 10 July 2009 12.29pm
A couple of mischievous mayoral questions from Val Shawcross:

http://mqt.london.gov.uk/mqt/public/question.do?id=26846
http://mqt.london.gov.uk/mqt/public/question.do?id=26847

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Friday 10 July 2009 12.42pm
Absolutely brilliant!! :)))
Zoe
Friday 10 July 2009 9.16pm
lol - and he does deserve it, he really could have walked there.

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