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LONDON -- A London taxi driver has come up with a novel way of solving the Olympic hotel dilemma: Visitors can sleep in his cab for 50 pounds ($78).

Cabbie David Weekes had feared that busy traffic throughout the Olympics and special road lanes only for Olympic VIPs would mean fewer taxi fares.

So he's converted his traditional black London taxi into a cozy single bed with a Union Jack blanket.

Weekes said some London taxi drivers think working during the Olympics will be "a total waste of time" because of the congestion. But others like himself will be driving during the games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12.

Outside parliament earlier this week, hundreds of London taxi drivers protested their exclusion from the special Olympic lanes.