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Dear Transport for London,

On the TFL FOI disclosure log website, under FOI-2965-1920/GH it states; 50 were recorded as relating to alleged sexual offences. I would be obliged if you could inform me, the private hire operators those drivers were registered with at the time of the alleged offences. and if costs permit can you inform me, how many of the revocations resulted from the operator reporting by way of a driver dismissal form

Yours faithfully,

Mr T Farrell

FOI, Transport for London

Dear T Farrell

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0006-2122

 

Thank you for your request received on 1 April 2021 asking for information
about private hire licence revocations.

 

We will aim to issue a response by 28 April 2021 in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. Please
think carefully about whether the request is essential at this current
time, as answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources
and the attention of staff who could be supporting other essential
activity. Where requests are made, please note that our response time may
be impacted by the current situation and so you may wish to reconsider the
timing of this request. Please notify us as soon as possible if you would
like to withdraw your request at the current time.

 

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

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

[3][TfL request email]

 

 

 

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Dear T Farrell

 

Our Ref:         FOI-0006-2122

 

Thank you for your request received on 1 April 2021 asking for information
about private hire licence revocations.

 

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 hold some of the information you require.

 

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 22 of the Act.

 

In this instance the exemption has been applied as the information you
have requested is intended for future publication. A breakdown of Private
Hire Operators which have had one or more drivers charged with a Taxi and
Private Hire-journey related sexual offence is published on our website.
Updated figures will be published in the summer:

 

[1]https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-...

 

This exemption is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to
assess whether the public interest in applying the exemption outweighs the
public interest in disclosure. In this instance, it is considered that the
public interest favours the publication of this information, in context
and according to the pre-determined schedule, rather than in response to
your request, to ensure the information is provided accurately and in an
accessible manner.

 

We would not revoke a licence solely as the result of receiving a driver
dismissal form. When making any licensing decision, we take into account
any and all information that is available to us at that time. This could
include the content of any PHV105 driver dismissal forms received.

 

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

 

If you are considering submitting a further FOI request please think
carefully about whether the request is essential at this current time, as
answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the
attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. Where
requests are made, please note that our response time may be impacted by
the current situation.

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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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 'Revocations'.

Firstly, the information I have requested is not for future publication, unless this would be a new publication. TfL do publish total allegations, this includes unlicensed drivers, plus ph & taxi without a breakdown. Additionally TfL publishes the number of drivers “charged” and which operator they worked for. TfL do not publish the number of ‘revocations’ and the operator they worked for. There is a significant difference. Revocations are measurably higher.

Secondly, you state ‘public interest test’ can you explain why a Foi on the TfL disclosure website FOI-3057-1920 07/02/20 passes that interest test, when my request fails the test, when the requests are practically the same

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr T Farrell

FOI, Transport for London

TfL Ref: IRV-006-2021

Thank you for your email which was received by Transport for London (TfL) on 29 April 2021.

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

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

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/internal-revie...

Every effort will be made to provide you with a response by 29 May 2021. 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.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Emma Flint
Principal Information Access Adviser
FOI Case Management Team
Transport for London

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Dear FOI,

May I refer to your previous communication

‘ Every effort will be made to provide you with a response by 29 May 2021. 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 may I have an update of my request

Yours sincerely,

Mr T Farrell

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Farrell

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your internal review response. I am currently liaising with our Taxi and Private Hire team regarding the provision of the information that you seek.

As soon as I am I able, I will respond to you.

Again, thank you for your patience.

Kind regards
Emma Flint

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Dear FOI,

I am writing to ask, if there is a conclusion date to my freedom of information request originally submitted on 1st April

Yours sincerely,

Mr T Farrell

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Farrell

Please accept my sincere apologies for the continued delay in providing a response to your internal review. I am still in the course of obtaining the information you seek from our Taxi and Private Hire Team and as soon as I am able I will respond to you.

Again I apologise for the delay.

Yours sincerely

Emma Flint
Principal Information Access Adviser
FOI Case Management Team
Transport for London

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Dear FOI,

It is now 3 months since my original submission, can you provide me with a definitive date for the conclusion of my request

Yours sincerely,

Mr T Farrell

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Farrell,

Please accept my apologies for the ongoing delay with the conclusion of your internal review.

I can confirm we are now at the final stages of completion and we will be in a position to issue your response early next week.

Once again, I am sorry for this delay and I am very thankful for your patience in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Lee Hill
Information Access Manager

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FOI, Transport for London

 

Dear Mr Farrell

 

I am contacting you with regards to your email of 29 April 2021. Following
your email a review has been carried out by individuals who were not
involved in the handling of your request (the panel). You have disputed
the response provided which advised that your request was being refused
under section 22 of the FOI Act due to the information being published on
a future date.

 

Firstly please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to
your internal review. After liaising with our Taxi and Private Hire team
it was established that your original request had been misunderstood and
you were correct in your assertions that the information you seek would
not be published. Therefore the panel concluded that the application of
s22 was not correct on this occasion, again please accept our apologies
for any inconvenience caused.

 

With regards to your request where you asked “under FOI-2965-1920/GH it
states; 50 were recorded as relating to alleged sexual offences. I would
be obliged if you could inform me, the private hire operators those
drivers were registered with at the time of the alleged offences. and if
costs permit can you inform me, how many of the revocations resulted from
the operator reporting by way of a driver dismissal form” the panel have
been advised the following -

 

As of July 2016, all licensed operators in the Capital are required to
provide TfL with details of the drivers and vehicles they have used to
fulfil private hire bookings, or have had available to them to fulfil
bookings in a specified period. Upload reporting requirements were
initially monthly for the months of June, July and August and September
2016. Weekly reporting (each Monday for upload data for the previous
Monday to Sunday) commenced as of the week beginning Monday 26 September
2016.

 

Please note that we do not hold the date the offence was committed (or a
complaint made) in an easily reportable format.  We have therefore checked
which private hire operators the drivers were linked to for a period of
time before and after the licensing action was taken.

 

We hold the requested information for 25 of the 50 private hire drivers
that were revoked for sexual offences in 2019. There are a number of
possible reasons for this, for example the driver may not have been
available to any private hire operator at the time of revocation i.e. if
they were not working at the time or suspended pending an investigation.
Of the 25 drivers for which we do hold the requested information, 21 were
recorded as being available to work for more than one private hire
operator. London licensed private hire drivers are permitted to work for
one or more private hire operators if they choose to do so.

 

In the table below you will find listed the operators that provided the
aforementioned details.

 

Private hire operator Number of drivers declared as being
available
7000 Cars Ltd 1
A & J Car & Travel Service Ltd 1
Abetta Travel Services Ltd 1
Addison Lee Ltd 1
Bolt Services UK Ltd 7
Brunel Carriage Ltd 1
Driven Worldwide Ltd 1
Executive Car Services (UK) Ltd 1
Ezana Misghinna 1
Falcon Cars Ltd 1
Gold Line Car Services Ltd 1
Hyde Park Cars Limited 1
iRide London Ltd 1
Kendall Cars 1
MiWhip Ltd 1
Online Airport Cars Limited 1
Smartzi Ltd 1
South West Cars Private Hire Ltd 1
Thatch Cars Ltd 1
Transopco UK Ltd 5
Travel Car Services (Purley) Ltd 1
Uber London Ltd 15
Via Transportation Ltd 4

 

 

It is important to note that we receive information from a wide variety of
sources which can lead to the revocation of a driver’s licence. This
includes information received from private hire operators, customer
complaints, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the police. Where
adverse information of a serious nature is received about any licensed
driver, appropriate licensing action will be considered at that time. We
would not revoke a licence solely as the result of receiving a driver
dismissal form. When making a licensing decision we consider any, and all,
information that is available to us at that time.

 

You may also wish to contact the Metropolitan Police Service and the City
of London Police Service – who will have recorded specific information
about the offences, including whether the driver was working for a
specific PHV operator at the time of the offence.

 

I hope this information satisfies your requirements, however if you are
dissatisfied with the internal review actions to date please do not
hesitate to contact me or alternately 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
([1]www.ico.org.uk).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Emma Flint

Principal Information Access Adviser

FOI Case Management Team

Transport for London

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