Dear Transport for London,

Recently the DfT published a report by the Task & Finish group titled ‘Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Steps towards a safer and more robust system’
The report presented 34 recommendations,with TFL being part of the group, I would be obliged if you could supply me with copies of submissions/correspondence in relation to each recommendation

And if costs permit please supply me copies of all emails/communications between Helen Chapman (TFL) and the Chairman of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Ward

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Ward

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 27 September 2018. Please accept my apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

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

Your request will be processed by TfL, the Greater London Authority and its subsidiaries to provide you with a response in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

A response will be sent to you by 25 October 2018. 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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the 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

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Ward

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

Thank you again for your email received by us on 27 September 2018 asking for information about a report by the Task & Finish group titled ‘Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Steps towards a safer and more robust system’.

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

Unfortunately, from the description provided, we are unable to identify the following information you require:

And if costs permit please supply me copies of all emails/communications between Helen Chapman (TFL) and the Chairman of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing, Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq,

To enable us to assist with your request, please provide a more detailed description of the information you’re seeking together with any other details you think might help us locate the information you require. For example, please confirm if your request is asking for our submission to the DfT that fed into the report.

The Freedom of Information Act allows you to request recorded information held by Transport for London. There are limits on the time that we are required to spend determining whether we hold the information you are requesting and the time spent locating, retrieving and extracting it. Therefore you should identify the information that you want as clearly and concisely as you can, specifying the types of document that you are looking for. You might also consider limiting your request to a particular period of time, geographical area or specific departments of the organisation.

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, we do not have to answer your question if it would require the creation of new information or the provision of a judgement, explanation, advice or opinion that was not already recorded at the time of your request.

Please note that the 20 working day deadline for responding to your request will depend on when we receive satisfactory additional information to help clarify your request.

If we hear nothing further from you by 7 November 2018 your response will be treated as a new request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your communication, for clarity and if only cost permit from my primary request for information which is TFLs submissions to the Task & Finish group, I would be obliged if you could supply emails between Ms Chapman & Professor Abdel-Haq which relate to the named report,to narrow the scope please only provide emails between 01/01/18 and 17/10/18

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ward

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Ward

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

Thank you for your further email received by us on 17 October 2018 providing clarification to your Freedom of Information request. Please accept my apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

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

Your request will be processed by TfL, the Greater London Authority and its subsidiaries to provide you with a response in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

A response will be sent to you by 14 November 2018. 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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the 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

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Ward

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

Thank you again for your email received by TfL on 17 October 2018. You have asked for information about our submissions to the Task and Finish Group. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs).

Unfortunately because of its complexity, we have been unable to resolve your request within the initial statutory 20 working day deadline. This is because we are in the process of finalising our response.

To enable us to fully consider your request, in accordance with the EIRs we have had to extend the deadline for providing a response to 40 working days from the date we received your request. The amended date for a final response is now 13 December 2018. We are working hard to ensure that you receive a response before this date.

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached help-sheet entitled ‘Your Right to Appeal’.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For Londo

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Dear FOI,
It appears the extended 40 day period has exceeded,
can I ask for an update of my request

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ward

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Ward

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

Thank you for your email received by us on 17 December 2018 concerning your Freedom of Information request.

Please accept my apologies for the continued delay. Unfortunately, it has taken longer than expected to collate the information requested and review accordingly.

We shall endeavour to respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
Information Governance
Transport For London

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Dear FOI,

Please could I have an update of my FOI request

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ward

Dear FOI,

Unfortunately as I have not received a response to my request for an update of my FOI request, my I again asked the current situation regarding my freedom of information request

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ward

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Ward

 

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 10 January 2019 concerning your
Freedom of Information request. Please accept my sincere apologies for not
getting back to you sooner as well as the considerable delay in providing
a response.

 

I would like to advise that we are in the process of considering whether
any exemption might apply to your request but regrettably this is taking
longer than expected.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

Information Governance

Transport For London

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

It is now 16 weeks since I clarified my FOI request, far exceeding the 20 day period

Can you please provide an explanation for the continued delay

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ward

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Ward

 

TfL Ref: 1719-1819

 

Thank you for your emails received by us on 27 September and 17 October
2018 asking for information about Transport for London’s (TfL) submissions
to the Chairman of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire
Vehicle licensing. Please accept my apologies for the considerable delay
in responding.

 

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

 

TFLs submissions to the Task & Finish group, I would be obliged if you
could supply emails between Ms Chapman & Professor Abdel-Haq which relate
to the named report,to narrow the scope please only provide emails between
01/01/18 and 17/10/18

 

Please find attached the requested correspondence and documentation
between Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq, Chairman of the Task and Finish
Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licensing, and TfL’s Director of
Licensing, Regulation, Helen Chapman.

 

In accordance with TfL’s obligations under Data Protection Legislation,
some personal information has been withheld, as required by section 40 of
the Freedom of Information Act. This is because disclosure of this
personal data would be a breach of the legislation, specifically the first
principle which requires all processing of personal data to be fair and
lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal information when
the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed and TfL has not
satisfied one of the conditions which would make the processing ‘fair’.
This is an absolute exemption and therefore not subject to a public
interest test

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

Information Governance

Transport For London

 

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