Dear Transport for London,

Please could you provide a fleet list containing the following information regarding your fleet of emergency units, incident response unit and vehicle jointly operated with BTP:

Vehicle callsign (if any)
Vehicle fleet number
Vehicle make
Vehicle mode
Vehicles role (e.g. Incident response unit etc)
Where the vehicle is based

Please could you also specify what the role of an incident response unit is.

Yours faithfully,

James Stevens

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Stevens

 

TfL Ref: 1430-1920

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9
August 2019 asking for information about our fleet list.

 

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 9 September.

 

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
[2]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
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

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Stevens

 

TfL Ref: 1430-1920

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9
August 2019 asking for information about our emergency vehicle fleet.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm
that we do hold the information you require. You asked for:

 

Please could you provide a fleet list containing the following information
regarding your fleet of emergency units, incident response unit and
vehicle jointly operated with BTP:

 

Vehicle callsign (if any)

Vehicle fleet number

Vehicle make

Vehicle mode

Vehicles role (e.g. Incident response unit etc)

Where the vehicle is based

 

Please could you also specify what the role of an incident response unit
is.

 

In accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply the
information you have requested as it is subject to a statutory exemption
to the right of access to information under section 24 of the Act. This
exemption has been applied to the emergency and incident response vehicle
details you have requested including any vehicles jointly operated with
the British Transport Police. Disclosure of this information could assist
persons wishing to disrupt London’s transport infrastructure by placing
into the public domain information which would otherwise not be available
via any accessible means, and adversely affect the safety and security of
TfL employees and members of the general public, as well as present a risk
to our national security.

 

The current threat level in the UK remains severe, and there have been
recent attacks and suspicious devices found at transport hubs in London.
The information you have requested includes the fleet number, make and
model and the location where the vehicles are based. If the registration
numbers of our emergency response and incident response vehicles became
known, this information could be used to bypass our security systems and
potentially carry out terrorist or criminal activities. Specifically, the
information could be used to ‘clone’ emergency vehicles which could then
be used to bypass the automatic number plate recognition system and could
then be used as a potential weapon to destabilise the ability of Transport
for London and the BTP to respond to national critical incidents. We
believe that this is a very real threat, which if activated would
significantly impact on its abilities to co-ordinate national resources
for major national critical incidents. In addition, provision of this
information would reduce the opportunity for intervention as suspicious
behaviour aimed at trying to obtain the registration plates of these
vehicles is more likely to be detected and apprehended if an individual
cannot access information about security arrangements via the internet and
instead has to physically identify the vehicles and match it up in
conjunction with other information already in the public domain.

 

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public
interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We
recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities,
and acknowledge that there is some public interest in this information
from a public safety perspective. However, disclosure of this information
to you has to be regarded as a disclosure to ‘the public at large’. This
information could potentially be obtained and utilised by individuals who
may wish to use this information to cause disruption or harm to London’s
transport infrastructure. In this instance, minimising the risk to
transport infrastructure and protecting the welfare of members of the
general public outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have issued a Decision Notice
regarding the application of section 24 withhold information. We believe
the same arguments can be applied as the information being requested is
broadly the same:

 

[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sara Thomas

 

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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