Taxi Driver Convictions

Patrick Raeburn made this Freedom of Information request to Public Carriage Office

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Public Carriage Office did not have the information requested.

Dear Sir or Madam,

How many licensed Taxi drivers have convictions for murder or manslaughter?

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Raeburn

PCO Enquiries,

Dear Mr P Raeburn

Thank you for your email, This will logged as an FOI request and we will respond within the specified time scales.

Many Thanks

P.Beckinsale

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Patrick Raeburn

Dear PCO Enquiries,

My FOI request response is due today.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Raeburn

Patrick Raeburn

Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Public Carriage Office's handling of my FOI request 'Taxi Driver Convictions'.

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

Yours faithfully,

Patrick Raeburn

FOI, Public Carriage Office

06 October 2009

Our Ref: IRV-053-0910

Dear Mr Raeburn

Thank you for your email of 02 October 2009 in which you requested a
review of the FOI request you submitted to the Public Carriage Office.

The review will be conducted by an internal review panel consisting of
individuals who were not involved in dealing with your request. The review
will be conducted in accordance with TfL's Internal Review Procedure,
which is available via the link below.

[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/f...

Every effort will be made to provide you with a response within 20 working
days from the receipt of your email. 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
do not hesitate to contact me on the number given below.

Kind regards

Matthew Towey | Compliance Adviser
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport
for London

5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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Crowson Darren (PCO), Public Carriage Office

Dear Mr Raeburn,

Thank you for your email dated 03 September 2009 requesting information
about licensed taxi drivers who have a conviction for murder or
manslaughter and I'm sorry for the delay in replying to you. Your request
has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information
Act.

The Public Carriage Office (PCO) is part of Transport for London (TfL) and
is responsible for the licensing of taxi (black cab) and private hire
services in London. When an individual applies to become a licensed taxi
or private hire driver they must undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records
Bureau (CRB) check ([1]www.crb.gov.uk) and have a medical completed by
their GP. The medical guidelines used are the DVLA Group 2 Guidelines. All
applicants must hold a full DVLA, European Economic Area (EEA) or Northern
Ireland driving licence and private hire drivers must have held a full
licence for at least three years.

Private hire driver applicants must pass a map reading and topographical
test whilst taxi driver applicants must complete the Knowledge of London
and there is another Enhanced CRB check for taxi driver applicants prior
to being licensed.

Once a person is licensed they are subject to Enhanced CRB checks every
three years when they renew their taxi or private hire driver's licence.
At the same time we will also check their DVLA driving licence.

Every individual's fitness to become a licensed taxi or private hire
driver is considered on a case by case basis and once a decision has been
made about whether to accept an application for a taxi or private hire
driver's licence the CRB check is destroyed. This is a requirement of the
CRB's Code of Practice, a copy of which is attached, and with which all
organisations that require CRB checks must comply. As all CRB checks are
destroyed we do not hold the information you have requested.

A paper file is maintained for every licensed taxi driver and some
information about convictions, the circumstances leading up to the offence
and any mitigating circumstances may be recorded on an individual's file
when their fitness to be licensed is being considered. However, to answer
your request we would have to physically check each licensed taxi driver's
file to see if any information about convictions is recorded, which would
exceed the `appropriate limit' of £450 set by the Freedom of Information
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Under section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if
the cost of determining whether we hold the information, locating and
retrieving it and extracting it from other information would exceed the
appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25 per hour for every hour
spent on the activities described.

As of 22 August 2009 there were 24,808 licensed taxi drivers and allowing
five minutes to check the file of each driver to see if any information
about convictions is recorded on the file would far exceed £450. To help
bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you
may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more easily
locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking.

If you are dissatisfied with the way TfL has handled your information
request, you can ask us to conduct an internal review of our decision.

The internal review will be conducted by someone other than the person who
made the original decision, in accordance with the complaints procedure
published on our website at [2]www.tfl.gov.uk/foi.

Requests for internal review should be addressed to:

Head of Information Access and Compliance

6^th Floor Windsor House

42 - 50

Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0TL

Complaints to the Information Commissioner

If, following the internal review, you remain dissatisfied with the way
TfL has handled your request, then you can take your complaint to:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

A complaint form is available on the Information Commissioner's Office
website [3]www.ico.gov.uk.

If you have any further questions relating to taxi or private hire
licensing please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Darren Crowson
Public Carriage Office
15 Penton Street
Islington
London
N1 9PU
Tel: 020 7126 1872
Fax: 020 7126 1898

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References

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1. http://www.crb.gov.uk/
2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/foi
3. http://www.ico.gov.uk/

Crowson Darren (PCO), Public Carriage Office

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Raeburn,

Further to my email below, please find attached a copy of the CRB's Code
of Practice which was not attached to the first email.

Regards

Darren Crowson
Public Carriage Office
15 Penton Street
Islington
London
N1 9PU
Tel: 020 7126 1872
Fax: 020 7126 1898

From: Crowson Darren (PCO)
Sent: 20 October 2009 10:52
To: '[FOI #17610 email]'
Subject: Taxi Drivers with Convictions (Ref:393213)

Dear Mr Raeburn,

Thank you for your email dated 03 September 2009 requesting information
about licensed taxi drivers who have a conviction for murder or
manslaughter and I'm sorry for the delay in replying to you. Your request
has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information
Act.

The Public Carriage Office (PCO) is part of Transport for London (TfL) and
is responsible for the licensing of taxi (black cab) and private hire
services in London. When an individual applies to become a licensed taxi
or private hire driver they must undergo an Enhanced Criminal Records
Bureau (CRB) check ([1]www.crb.gov.uk) and have a medical completed by
their GP. The medical guidelines used are the DVLA Group 2 Guidelines. All
applicants must hold a full DVLA, European Economic Area (EEA) or Northern
Ireland driving licence and private hire drivers must have held a full
licence for at least three years.

Private hire driver applicants must pass a map reading and topographical
test whilst taxi driver applicants must complete the Knowledge of London
and there is another Enhanced CRB check for taxi driver applicants prior
to being licensed.

Once a person is licensed they are subject to Enhanced CRB checks every
three years when they renew their taxi or private hire driver's licence.
At the same time we will also check their DVLA driving licence.

Every individual's fitness to become a licensed taxi or private hire
driver is considered on a case by case basis and once a decision has been
made about whether to accept an application for a taxi or private hire
driver's licence the CRB check is destroyed. This is a requirement of the
CRB's Code of Practice, a copy of which is attached, and with which all
organisations that require CRB checks must comply. As all CRB checks are
destroyed we do not hold the information you have requested.

A paper file is maintained for every licensed taxi driver and some
information about convictions, the circumstances leading up to the offence
and any mitigating circumstances may be recorded on an individual's file
when their fitness to be licensed is being considered. However, to answer
your request we would have to physically check each licensed taxi driver's
file to see if any information about convictions is recorded, which would
exceed the `appropriate limit' of £450 set by the Freedom of Information
(Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. Under section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if
the cost of determining whether we hold the information, locating and
retrieving it and extracting it from other information would exceed the
appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25 per hour for every hour
spent on the activities described.

As of 22 August 2009 there were 24,808 licensed taxi drivers and allowing
five minutes to check the file of each driver to see if any information
about convictions is recorded on the file would far exceed £450. To help
bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you
may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more easily
locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking.

If you are dissatisfied with the way TfL has handled your information
request, you can ask us to conduct an internal review of our decision.

The internal review will be conducted by someone other than the person who
made the original decision, in accordance with the complaints procedure
published on our website at [2]www.tfl.gov.uk/foi.

Requests for internal review should be addressed to:

Head of Information Access and Compliance

6^th Floor Windsor House

42 - 50

Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0TL

Complaints to the Information Commissioner

If, following the internal review, you remain dissatisfied with the way
TfL has handled your request, then you can take your complaint to:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

A complaint form is available on the Information Commissioner's Office
website [3]www.ico.gov.uk.

If you have any further questions relating to taxi or private hire
licensing please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Darren Crowson
Public Carriage Office
15 Penton Street
Islington
London
N1 9PU
Tel: 020 7126 1872
Fax: 020 7126 1898

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References

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1. http://www.crb.gov.uk/
2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/foi
3. http://www.ico.gov.uk/

FOI, Public Carriage Office

30 October 2009

Our Ref: IRV-053-0910

Dear Mr Raeburn

The internal review of your Freedom of Information request has been
completed. The review was conducted by an internal review Panel (`the
Panel') consisting of individuals who were not involved in dealing with
your request.

The Panel considered the correspondence associated with your request and
concluded that the delay was due to the time taken to get managerial
sign-off of the draft response. This resulted in a response to your
request not being sent until after the 20 working day deadline.

I would like to apologise on behalf of TfL for the failure to respond to
your request within 20 working days. Those involved will be reminded that
the provision of a timely response is a statutory responsibility.

I hope this information is of assistance. If you have any queries
regarding this review or the response received to your FOI request please
contact me. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this internal
review, 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 available on the ICO's website ([1]www.ico.gov.uk).

Yours sincerely

Matthew Towey | Compliance Adviser
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport
for London

5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

References

Visible links
1. http://www.ico.gov.uk/

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I am now lodging a complaint with the Information Commissioner.