As Londoners move to app-based cab booking services, can Addison Lee keep up?
The minicab war on the streets of London is intense.
There’s certainly been no love lost between the major players, and now it seems the casualties are growing.
According to a report by the Evening Standard, up to 90 jobs could be lost at Addison Lee, as the minicab company struggles to keep up with tech-savvy rivals like Uber and Hailo.
Exact numbers have not yet been confirmed by Addison Lee, but the shake-up indicates the extent to which Londoners have embraced booking cabs through mobile technology.
According to the Standard, Addison Lee has begun a full review of its structure.
Addison Lee has previously been vocal in its opposition to Uber, and in December, Addison Lee boss Liam Griffin accused TfL of “letting down” black cab drivers by allowing Uber to operate in London, even though the company doesn’t run any black cab service.
In an internal letter to employees, Griffin said: “It has become clear that there is a business need to make organisational changes in the workforce, in order to become more efficient and in recognition that staffing levels may be too high in some teams,” the Standard reports.