London cabbie has licence revoked following considerate act to bus driver

Written by Johnny Shlep

Saturday, 8 June 2019

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Revoked. Mr Dell's 'Green Badge' pictured during happier times

A London black cab driver has had his Hackney Carriage Licence, or, 'Green Badge', revoked by Transport For London after he reportedly slowed down briefly in Mile End Road in East London to allow a red bus to move into his lane.

The driver concerned, Toby Dell, 45, who has been a cabbie for 19 years, told The East London Gazette: "It's true that I allowed the bus to get into the inside lane.

"I don't know what came over me and I regretted it instantly.

"I tried to make amends by overtaking the bus and swerving dangerously in front of him in Whitechapel Road causing him to slam on the anchors, but by then the damage was done.

"Someone must have seen me displaying courtesy towards the bus driver and sent my Hackney Carriage number to TFL.

"Since the incident, none of my black cab mates will speak to me and my missus refuses to cook my dinner, let alone let me get my leg over.

"I've only got myself to blame, to be honest. This will live with me for as long as I draw breath"

In 1989, a black cab driver was found guilty of slowing down for an elderly pedestrian in East India Dock Road and was shot the following day by a London Transport firing squad on the Thames foreshore at Wapping Dock.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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