Bus drivers bonus payment

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Dear Transport for London,

Does Transport for London still pay bus drivers £4.00 bonus per completed duty when working a scheduled Transport for London bus service?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Dixon

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Dixon

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1749-1516

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14
December 2015 asking for information about bus drivers.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 15 January. We publish a substantial
range of information on our website on subjects including operational
performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our
financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in
FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Dixon

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1749-1516

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14
December 2015 asking for information about bus drivers.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

 

Bus drivers are directly employed and managed by the bus operating company
running the service under contract with TfL. Therefore bus drivers not
employed by TfL and we do not hold the information you require.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lee Hill

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately you haven't answered my question. Perhaps I should rephrase the question.

The bus drivers bonus was introduced by TfL and is referred to by Ken Livingstone here

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2002/...

"I have taken this combination of democratic accountability and high quality management and applied it to public services. Bus fares have been cut; extra bus conductors have been added; bus lane enforcement has been stepped up; bus drivers have received a bonus; over 1,100 new vehicles have been added to the fleet. In one year, bus usage has increased by 6% and passenger miles by 9%. Night bus usage has risen by 16%. Bus miles lost because of staff sickness have been halved. More people are using the buses at any time than in the last 26 years."

Question: Do TfL still pay the bus drivers bonus to the bus operating companies for each completed scheduled duty?

Question: What is the rate of the bus drivers bonus for each completed duty paid by TfL to the bus operating companies?

Question: How much did each individual bus operating company receive for bus driver bonus payments for the most recent accounting year?

Yours sincerely,

Peter Dixon

Dear Transport for London,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Transport for London's handling of my FOI request 'Bus drivers bonus payment'.

I am disappointed that TfL has replied that they do not have the information I have requested since they state bus drivers are employed by bus operating companies. The bus drivers bonus was introduced by TfL under Mayor Livingstone and paid to the bus operating companies who then paid it to the bus drivers. Clearly TfL know whether this bonus is still paid to the bus operating companies and the reply given to me blatantly dodges the original question.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Peter Dixon

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Dixon

IRV-085-1516

Thank you for your email which was received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12 January 2016.

You have stated that you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The review will be conducted by an internal review panel in accordance with TfL’s Internal Review Procedure, which available via the following URL:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/doc...

Every effort will be made to provide you with a response by 9 February 2016. However, if the review will not be completed by this date, we will contact you and notify you of the revised response date as soon as possible.

Please note your new Freedom of Information request will be dealt with separately in accordance with our Information Access Policy.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me on the number given below.

Yours sincerely

Emma Flint
Information Access Adviser
Transport for London
[TfL request email]

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Dixon

IRV-085-1516

I am contacting you regarding the internal review of your request for information concerning bus driver bonus payments.

This review has been carried out by an independent panel following your email of 12 January 2016 regarding the response provided to your Freedom of Information request.

The panel have reviewed all the correspondence held regarding your request and liaised with the appropriate team within Surface transport and can confirm that the response provided to your original request (FOI-1749-1516) on 12 January 2016 was correct and we do not hold the information you require.

By way of further explanation as to why the information is not held, during his time as London Mayor, Ken Livingstone introduced a 'Mayor's bonus' known as the 'TfL bonus' around the time of the published statement you refer to. This was initially paid by TfL to the bus operators separately from the contracted payments, however it was later consolidated into negotiated contract prices with the bus operating companies from April 2004 onwards. Therefore, there is no separate bonus and it is now just a generic labour cost as part of a contract.

The panel were advised that the 'bonus' in question at the time would have been reflected in higher overall rates of driver pay. The bus operating companies may hold historical information relating to these higher rates of driver pay if you wish to contact them. However please be aware that as private companies the bus operators are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and are not obliged to supply the information you require.

The panel appreciates that it is disappointing for you that the information you seek is not held, however your internal review complaint has not been upheld in this instance.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this internal review you can refer the matter to the independent authority responsible for enforcing the Freedom of Information Act, at the following address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

A complaint form is also available on the ICO’s website (www.ico.org.uk).

Yours sincerely

Emma Flint
Information Access Adviser
Transport for London
[TfL request email]

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