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Date Posted: 05:39:47 07/06/07 Fri
File under ‘hypocritical’. A company specialising in advising sustainable transport projects has banned their staff from using motorcycles or bicycles to travel to work.
Jacobs Babtie has told at its 36 offices across Britain that they must drive or use public transport.
One of Jacobs’ biggest customers is Transport for London – an authority that has a target of increasing bicycle use and also falls under the stewardship of Ken Livingstone, who has publicly stated that motorcycles help to ease congestion.
Jenny Jones, the green transport adviser to Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, said TfL should consider cancelling its contracts with Jacobs. She said: “It is hypocritical to offer advice but at the same time ban your staff from using bikes. We need to ask whether they are the right sort of company to work with.”
A TfL spokesman said: “We find the attitude of Jacobs bizarre and we will be urging them to rethink this decision.”
Jacobs refused to comment.
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