London cabbies want 20 pct fare rise for Olympics

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LONDON (AP) -- The drivers of London's black cabs are asking city transportation authorities to let them increase fares by about 20 percent during the Olympics next year.

Transport for London said Friday an association that represents the drivers asked for the increase in order to encourage their members to work during the games. No decision has been made on the request.

The move comes amid fears about transportation during July 27-Aug. 12 games. London transport is strained at the best of times, and critics worry that adding tens of thousands of tourists will lead to gridlock.

London's black cab drivers also want permission to drive in special lanes of traffic reserved for athletes, officials and Olympic VIPs.