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'Cycling Vigilante' catches Addison Lee minicab driver watching TV at wheel

Firm whose former boss prompted boycott in 2012 still has a way to go to convince riders on safety

Self-styled ‘Cycling Vigilante’ Dave Sherry has filmed a driver from private hire firm Addison Lee watching a video on his phone while driving in London.

Sherry, a bus driver by trade, noticed the screen the male motorist was watching as he rode past his vehicle towards a set of traffic lights on Regent Street in the heart of the West End.

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Radio station LBC has posted footage of the incident, which happened at 6pm on Monday evening, to its website.

.Initially pointing to the driver while he was next to the vehicle, Sherry moved in front of it to fully catch his attention.

He told the driver he would be reporting him to police and to Transport for London, which regulates private hire drivers.

After the vehicle moved off, Sherry said to other cyclists nearby: “Can you believe that? Watching TV he was! Addison Lee as well,” before letting out a whoop.

A spokesman for Addison Lee told LBC: "We are very grateful for having this matter brought to our attention.

"We take driver behaviour very seriously and are currently investigating."

It’s not clear exactly what was distracting the driver.

That was not the case when another helmet camera user, Lewis Dediare spotted an Addison Lee driver apparently masturbating while reading a pornographic magazine.

> Video of 'masturbating' Addison Lee cab driver made public

In 2012, cyclists staged a ‘die-in’ outside the company’s head office in Camden, North London after its founder and then chairman John Griffin made anti-cycling remarks that were widely condemned, including by MPs, and which led to a boycott of the company.

Griffin stepped down in 2014 and the following year Addison Lee launched its CycleCab initiative in association with track racing event Six Day London, saying that its cabs would now be able to carry two passengers as well as one bike.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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