Dear Transport for London,

Can you please provide the following information under FOI:

1. Is a bus driver required to display a PSV licence number?

2. If not, when did this requirement cease?

3.Is the bus driver required to give his PSV number ( or similar identification) if requested to do do by a passenger?

4. If not when did this requirement cease?

5. Is there a policy on what notes can be accepted on a bus for a cash fare?

6. If so can I have a copy of the policy?

7. Is that policy set at TfL level or individual bus company level?

This request is prompted by the driver of Paddington-bound Route 436 running number 304 refusing a £20 note from a passenger resulting in a ten minute stand off before the controller told the driver to stop at the next stop by a shop to allow her to get change. This the driver did but as soon as she got off to go to the shop he drove off. At Peckham he refused to accept a £10 note and the prospective passenger had to get off. When I asked for his PsV number he said he didn't have to give that. When I asked for the running number he told me to look at the side of the bus.
At no time did he say to either passenger that he didn't have change. He just said he wasn't required to take anything larger than a £5.

Can you please treat Qs 1-7 as FOI request and pass on the rest of this email to your Complaints Dept. I would like a response from FoI and from Complaints.

Many thanks.

Bigboz

Yours faithfully,

Bigboz

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Barrabus,

 

Our ref:  FOI-1771-1314

 

Thank you for your email received on 16 December 2013 asking for
information about bus rules.

 

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

 

A response will be provided to you by 17 January 2014.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Melissa Nichols

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Barrabus,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-1771-1314

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 16 December 2013 asking for
information about bus rules.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you require.

 

Bus drivers stopped receiving PSV badges in the early 1990s, and as such
are not required to give out their identification numbers if requested by
passengers.

 

Less than 1% of our passengers pay using cash which is why our drivers
have so little change and are unable to change large notes. The link below
to the TfL website explains the rules on paying fares by cash:
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14415.aspx

 

Attached is the guidance issued to bus drivers which, on page 117 onwards,
contains information regarding passengers attempting to use notes to pay
for their bus fare.

 

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 note that our customer services team is dealing with your complaint
separately and will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Melissa Nichols

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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Transport for London

 

Our ref: 1013405231
Date: 23.12.2013

Dear Bigboz

Re: Route 436 Driver Behaviour

Thank you for your email on 15 December 2013. I am sorry for the
inconvenience and upset caused by this incident.

 

Please note that the information you have requested under the Freedom of
Information Act is being dealt with by the relevant team and they will
respond to you in due course.

 

In order for me to investigate your complaint against the driver in
question, would you please provide me with the following details:

 

·          The date and time you boarded the bus

·          The direction of the bus i.e. was it travelling towards
Lewisham or Paddington?

 

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please contact me again if
you need any further assistance, or if you would prefer to talk to us
about this matter, please call us on 0343 222 1234.

Yours sincerely

U Anyanwa

Customer Service Adviser
Transport for London Customer Services

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