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Christopher James O'Neal

Dear Gwynedd Council,

Under the FOI proecdures i would be grateful if you could supply me with the following information.

What year did the authority stop test taxi's themselves in respect of the Hackney test ?

In the lasy 5 years 2014-2018 Inclusive can you tell me how many taxi's have failed their hackney licence because of a fault with the car etc ?

Please list the number for each year.

Regards
Chris

Yours faithfully,

Christopher James O'Neal

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

Good afternoon;

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request has been passed to me to process and I can confirm that it has been logged under the reference number T648.

The Council may take up to 20 working days, from the date of receipt, to respond to your request. You should therefore receive the information you have requested, subject to the application of any exemptions permitted under the Act, by 22.11.2018.

If you require further information please contact me by phone on or by emailing [email address].cymru by quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

R JONES

Christopher James O'Neal

Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

3 Days to respond to my request, before another formal complaint comes in. Just reminding you of your time scales.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher James O'Neal

Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

Good morning,

I've contacted the relevant officer and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Regards,
W Green

-----Neges Wreiddiol/Original Message-----
Oddi wrth: Christopher James O'Neal <[FOI #528591 email]>
Anfonwyd: 19 November 2018 17:35
At: Rhyddid Gwybodaeth <[email address].cymru>
Pwnc: Re: ATB/RE: Freedom of Information request - Hackney test failure notices

Dear Rhyddid Gwybodaeth,

3 Days to respond to my request, before another formal complaint comes in. Just reminding you of your time scales.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher James O'Neal

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Green Wena Haf (CG),

Dear Christopher O'Neal,

Freedom of Information (Ref T648)

Thank you for your recent request. Please see below/attached for the information requested:

What year did the authority stop test taxi's themselves in respect of the Hackney test ?

The General Licensing Committee resolved on the 25/6/2012 to allow mechanical tests on taxis to be undertaken by approved garages throughout Gwynedd who expressed an interest in undertaking the work

In the lasy 5 years 2014-2018 Inclusive can you tell me how many taxi's have failed their hackney licence because of a fault with the car etc ?

There is no facility for recording this information on our system.

Please note that where information is subject to copyright belonging to the Council, you will need to obtain the permission of the Council to re-use it for purposes other than private study or non-commercial research. The Council may charge for re-use. Where third party copyright material is disclosed, you must obtain permission to re-use from the copyright holders concerned.

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If you are unhappy with the way the Council has handled your request, you may ask for an internal review. Please contact me if you require an internal review of your case. An internal review will be conducted by the Monitoring Officer or Head of Service and we will aim to respond within 20 working days. However, if we are unable to complete the review by this date, we will advise you accordingly.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Please see below for the contact details:

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Telephone: 02920 678400
Email: [email address]
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Yours sincerely,
W Green

Christopher James O'Neal

Dear Gwynedd Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Gwynedd Council's handling of my FOI request 'Hackney test failure notices'.

I believe the request for information is as a result in wanting to find out if members of the public are safe in the vehicles that are licensed on the road by your authority.

In allowing this to be service to be undertaken by a third party ie private company doesnt remove your onus for accountability in this, therefore i once again request this infomration via this internal request, and if this cannot be addressed please make this a formal complaint.

Regards
Chris

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

Yours faithfully,

Christopher James O'Neal

Christopher James O'Neal

Dear Green Wena Haf (CG),

Are you ignoring my request for internal review ?

Yours sincerely,

Christopher James O'Neal

Christopher James O'Neal

Dear Gwynedd Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Gwynedd Council's handling of my FOI request 'Hackney test failure

2nd request for internal review next request will be going straight to the ombudsmen.

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

Yours faithfully,

Christopher James O'Neal

Evans Iwan Gwilym (TA),

Thank you for the request for an internal review. I apologise for the delay in responding. The response draws on information as to the arrangements for licencing of vehicles provided to me by the Environment Department.

With the exception of older vehicles licences are renewed annually. The Council requires that the vehicle has been successfully tested in order for a licence to be renewed. I understand that in the normal course of events if a vehicle fails its test there are two likely outcomes from the Councils perspective:

(a) No renewal is submitted and the licence lapses.
(b) The vehicle is repaired and re-submitted for a test. The application for renewal follows.

Given the current system the Council expects that a vehicle has passed a test on renewal. The Council will be aware that a vehicle licence has not been presented for renewal but not the reasons. As a result we hold no records of which vehicles have failed their mechanical test.

If a vehicle is over 10 years old then it is required to be submitted for a test every 6 months. This means that the Council will be informed of a fail as the licence will need to be revoked. This involves a small number of vehicles approximately 2-3 a year. Although the Council holds this information it is part of the filing system for circa 500 current licences. I understand that the records themselves involve approximately 2000 – 2500 separate vehicle files. The filing system is not arranged by reference to any specific action or date in relation to a vehicle. Consequently details of vehicles who no longer hold a licence for whatever reason, current licences or indeed those who have failed their test are all listed by reference to the vehicle particulars. They are indistinguishable , one from the other.

So, in relation to your request we do not hold the data as to the how many taxis have failed their actual mechanical test in the last 5 years. Although the Council holds some data this is not a comprehensive account for the reasons outlined above. In relation to the 10 year old vehicles precise figures cannot be ascertained without a search of every relevant file. The estimated number has been provided above.

Given the number of files involved and the anticipated time involved in examining every file, at least 15 minute per file. I consider it to be reasonable to conclude that the upper cost limit would be exceeded. The rate at which staff time is calculated is £25 per hour with a maximum value of £450.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

12.— Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit.

(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.
(2) Subsection (1) does not exempt the public authority from its obligation to comply with paragraph (a) of section 1(1) unless the estimated cost of complying with that paragraph alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

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Telephone: 02920 678400
Email: [email address]
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E-Bost / E-Mail: [email address].cymru

 

-----Neges Wreiddiol/Original Message-----
Oddi wrth: Christopher James O'Neal <[FOI #528591 email]>
Anfonwyd: Dydd Iau, 25 Hydref 2018 22:56
At: Rhyddid Gwybodaeth <[email address].cymru>
Pwnc: Freedom of Information request - Hackney test failure notices

Dear Gwynedd Council,

Under the FOI proecdures i would be grateful if you could supply me with the following information.

What year did the authority stop test taxi's themselves in respect of the Hackney test ?

In the lasy 5 years 2014-2018 Inclusive can you tell me how many taxi's have failed their hackney licence because of a fault with the car etc ?

Please list the number for each year.

Regards
Chris

Yours faithfully,

Christopher James O'Neal

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