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London cabbie allegedly told Guardian journo, Owen Jones "I f*cking love it when you cyclists die"

Incident being investigated by TfL’s taxi and private hire complaints team

Author and Guardian columnist Owen Jones has accused a London cabbie of nearly knocking him off his bike while using his phone at the wheel. Jones says the cabbie then screamed "I fucking love it when you cyclists die" at him.

Jones, the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It, tweeted a picture of the cabbie in question on Wednesday.

According to Jones, the cabbie then said: "Go and play with some fucking traffic lights for all I care," and when told that Jones planned to put this on Twitter, added: "Good, I'll smile for the camera."

Jones said the driver “exploded” at him after he had gestured to him to get off his phone.

Jones has since been tweeted by Transport for London’s Taxi and Private Hire account, which said: “Hi Owen – sorry to hear about this – we hope you're ok. I've sent your tweets to our complaints team. If you have more information about this incident (e.g. date, time and location) please DM it to us and we can add it to the report.”

The account subsequently stated: “We are concerned to learn of this incident & the alleged conduct of a licensed taxi driver. We have contacted Mr Jones and have launched an investigation into this incident.”

While some questioned Jones’ account, others leapt to his defence, including Jeremy Vine.

Jones himself seemed keen to deflect accusations that he had an issue with cabbies in general.

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association told the London Evening Standard:

“It is not yet clear whether the driver in question was an LTDA member, and without a badge number we can not determine this.

"However,  we would condemn such shocking and reckless behaviour – by any cabbie – for putting himself and other road users at risk. The driver in question has put their license in jeopardy and we would urge TfL as the regulator for our industry to undertake an investigation.”

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