Drivers with convictions

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Jonathan Myers

Dear Transport for London,
Can you please supply me with the following information

The number of licenced London taxi drivers (hackney carriage) with conviction for;

1. Common assualt
2. Drink driving
3. Dangerous driving

The number of private hire drives with convictions for

1. Common assualt
2. Drink driving
3. Dangerous driving

Yours faithfully,
Jonathan Myers

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Myers,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0376-1920

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6^th
May 2019 asking for information about taxi and private hire vehicle
drivers with criminal convictions.

 

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 sent to you by 4^th June 2019. 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.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
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a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Myers,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0376-1920

 

Thank you for your email of 6^th May 2019 asking for information about
licenced London taxi drivers with convictions for common assault, drink
driving and dangerous driving.

 

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

 

To ensure the safety of the travelling public, taxi and private hire
drivers must meet a range of strict criteria to ensure they are of good
character. This is assessed on the basis of an enhanced Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS) check submitted as part of a licence application,
information provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and
any other information that comes to our attention.

 

Once a decision regarding a driver's application has been made the results
of the DBS check have to be destroyed. This is in accordance with the DBS
Code of Practice which has statutory backing. Therefore, we do not hold
all details of convictions and cautions, only those that have been
declared to us by the driver.

 

Licensed drivers are obliged to notify us within 21 days if they have been
disqualified from driving or have been cautioned, charged, or convicted of
any criminal offence - including any road traffic offences. This
requirement is clearly stated in the letter that accompanies all driver
licences.

 

To provide the information you have requested would exceed the
‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, as we would need to individually check
in excess of 23,000 individual taxi driver records to identify, extract
and collate this information. The information requested is not held in a
reportable format and we have estimated that manually checking this data
would considerably exceed the set limit.

 

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450
limit, you may wish to consider reframing its scope so that we can more
easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please feel free to contact me.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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