Late last night both myself and Danny Sullivan received a phone call stating that Addison lee was ” touting” outside the Grosvenor House Hotel Park lane for the second night running. On my arrival, It looked like the event was coming to a close but there were still a number of delegates milling about inside and outside the Hotel lobby. These delegates were attending a function being hosted by Barclay’s bank. They were easily identified by the fact that they were all wearing Barclays Bank lanyard around their necks.
I walked around both lobby’s and I must admit I did not see a booking desk in any part of the hotel , and there did not seem to be anything going on untoward.
I then went outside and stood with the Addison Lee marshalls on Park Lane who were approaching people who had attended the Barclay’s Bank function and were asking them if they needed a Barclay’s account car.
Danny Sullivan had spoken to the events organisers outside on Park Lane whilst this was going on, and was informed that Addison Lee had been pre- booked months ago to take these delegates home on the Barclays acount.
If this is true then this no different to what the Licensed Taxi radio circuits do when they have been booked for a function.
But however if those customers who were taken home then had to pay cash at the end of their journey Addison Lee could maybe be guilty of touting on a grand scale.
We have asked the LT&PH to launch a full investigation and ask Addison Lee for all their booking records.
Tony Mc & Danny Sullivan