Addison Lee to offer £200,000 worth of rides to support London vaccination effort


Addison Lee is today launching its Vaccination Drive initiative, which sees the company pledge to support the UK’s vaccination effort by offering discounted rides to and from major vaccination hubs in and around London. Based on anticipated volumes and demand for the jab, Addison Lee expects to provide discounts worth over £200,000 in value between now and Easter.

The offer will benefit Londoners travelling to receive their vaccinations, as well as the army of vaccine volunteers signed up to support the rollout. Anyone travelling to or from the vaccination hubs at Excel Centre, Wembley Olympic Office Centre or Epsom Racecourse can use the code DRIVE25 to claim 25% off their ride. All journeys In Addison Lee’s standard fleet are protected by the company’s Safer Journey Initiative, which includes safety screens in every car, trained drivers who clean touchpoints after every journey and seven seats to allow social distancing.

The Vaccination Drive will continue over the coming months, helping the government reach its targets for the first phase of vaccinations, while also providing ongoing support as the programme is rolled out to the wider population. Addison Lee is also speaking to government and local health trusts to explore how its 4,000 strong fleet can be used to deliver more targeted, tailored support where it is needed most.

The initiative reflects Addison Lee’s continued commitment to support the capital and its people through the Covid pandemic. It follows the company’s Donate a Ride campaign in the first lockdown, which saw over 9,000 free rides provided to NHS workers on the frontline. The offer also aims to keep drivers’ wheels turning during the third lockdown when only a small number of essential journeys are being made.

Safety, service, support

Addison Lee’s unparalleled commitment to safety and service means passengers can enjoy protection and peace of mind when going for their vaccination.

The company’s Safer Journey Initiative includes safety screens across its entire MPV fleet, full PPE for drivers, social distancing in its seven-seater vehicles and cleaning of common touch points after every journey.

24/7 customer support means that customers can directly contact Addison Lee using their preferred channel – in app, via the website, or in person on the phone should they wish.

The ability to book well in advance minimises uncertainty or waiting around for a ride home. Meanwhile, the integration of What3Words technology into the Addison Lee app means that customers are able to pinpoint a precise location for pick up and drop off at each vaccination centre.

Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee: “While we do our bit by staying at home, there is an army of NHS staff and volunteers out there working tirelessly to roll out the vaccination programme. Coupled with the lockdown measures, the vaccination provides the country with the best chance of getting through this pandemic and we want to support that effort.

“We understand that not everyone feels safe using public transport and at this stage many people receiving the vaccine are vulnerable. Our cars have been the choice for Londoners wanting to travel safely during the pandemic, and we’re using the discount so as many people as possible can travel to and from the vaccination centres in a safe and secure way.

“We all want to get through this lockdown and open London up again in the safest possible way, and we hope that our support for the vaccination programme will inch us a little closer to that goal.”