Westminster's Zipcar Scheme

Mr Sawyer made this Freedom of Information request to Westminster City Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Today there was a release regarding Westminster Councils partnership with Zipcar to provide a car sharing scheme. With regard to that I'd like to request the following:

Records of how the tender was awarded to Zipcar, the assessment procedures and and who had the final say on what company the council went with. Could I have supporting documents for this, including pre-tender RFI (Request For Information, or any equivalent), the tender returns, the points awarded to each company and the conclusions and recommendations Westminster drew from this to choose Zipcar.

Could I have copies of any due diligence reports Westminster had sought for Zipcar and the other competitors for the tender prior to awarding the contracts.

Could I have a detailed list of the roll out of parking bays that are now provided for motor car or motorcycle use or have not been used for parking and what will be used for the car sharing scheme.

Can I have detailed forecasts for any income the scheme will bring to Westminster Council, either forecast and/or under the agreement with Zipcar.

Can I have detailed forecasts for any capital spending by either Zipcar or Westminster Council on preparing those bays for car sharing use.

Can I ask if Westminster have analysed the loss of income from parking charges for the 100-400 bays and how this shortfall would be made up?

Yours faithfully,

Gary Sawyer

Westminster City Council

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This Freedom Of Information Request was based on the following
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Name: Gary Sawyer
Address: see email address
Email: [FOI #12532 email]
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Request Details: Today there was a release regarding Westminster Councils
partnership with Zipcar to provide a car sharing scheme. With regard to
that I'd like to request the following:

Records of how the tender was awarded to Zipcar, the assessment procedures
and and who had the final say on what company the council went with. Could
I have supporting documents for this, including pre-tender RFI (Request
For Information, or any equivalent), the tender returns, the points
awarded to each company and the conclusions and recommendations
Westminster drew from this to choose Zipcar.

Could I have copies of any due diligence reports Westminster had sought
for Zipcar and the other competitors for the tender prior to awarding the
contracts.

Could I have a detailed list of the roll out of parking bays that are now
provided for motor car or motorcycle use or have not been used for parking
and what will be used for the car sharing scheme.

Can I have detailed forecasts for any income the scheme will bring to
Westminster Council, either forecast and/or under the agreement with
Zipcar.

Can I have detailed forecasts for any capital spending by either Zipcar or
Westminster Council on preparing those bays for car sharing use.

Can I ask if Westminster have analysed the loss of income from parking
charges for the 100-400 bays and how this shortfall would be made up?

FOI Reference Number: 3860
Target Completion Date: 25/06/2009

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Dear Sir or Madam,

You have currently exceeded the maximum time allowed for FOI #12532.

I am requesting an internal review and would like to think that I will be advised within the further timescales granted to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sawyer

MotorCycleParking, Westminster City Council

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Dear Mr Sawyer,

Please find the enclosed attachment below:

<<FOI3860Sawyer.gd.doc>>

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Alex Skene left an annotation ()

They failed to provide full details for their section 43 exemptions - see following: http://foiwiki.com/foiwiki/index.php/Sec...

- no prejudice test
- no public interest test

An internal review is advised.

Dear MotorCycleParking,

Thank you for your reply regarding Westminster's Zipcar Scheme however, you haven't really addressed the questions as asked and have not complied with the FOI Act with regard to the public interest test and prejudice test.

Having already exceed limits set within the FOI Act I would have thought Westminster would be able to apply fully.

Under the FOI exceptions under section 43 should be explained to the requester with points for disclosure and points against disclosure, the bias is on disclosure not withholding information. Public interest is on how revenue is generated by Westminster Council with third parties.

For question 1, I thank you for your answers.

You have refused questions 2,3 & 4 under section 43. I'd like to see the public tests for those questions (one procedure for each question) as explained above please? To respond and simply quote a section 43 exemption is not enough under the FOI Act.

Section 33 (and others) of the FOI Act also provides for disclosure of expenditure but you have not given any defence for denying section 33, so could I have answers for the above under section 33? Again, a public interest test is applicable.

lastly, there doesn't seem to be any electronic versions of the documents you say are included in FOI3860Sawyer.gd.doc but I doesn't seem to be included.

Thank you for your time and efforts.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sawyer

MotorCycleParking, Westminster City Council

Dear Mr Sawyer,

Thank you for your recent email, please accept my sincere apologies for the correspondence you received yesterday. Regrettably, the incorrect pre-generated response was sent, which was had not been approved. The letter you should have received consisted of a holding letter informing you that a further 10 working days were required in order to satisfy your request. The basis for this extension is to apply a public interest test to determine whither parts of your request contain commercially sensitive information.

I apologise for the content contained in the response that you received. I can assure you that this is due an admin error. Please find enclosed a copy of the holding letter that was intended.

Yours Sincerely

Gordon Deas
Departmental Records Officer

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Dear Gordon,

I'm afraid the notice regarding an extension of 10 days was not attached to your last email.

Can I please also be advised of the status of the internal review and ow the process had been applied to this FOI?

Thanks for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sawyer

MotorCycleParking, Westminster City Council

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Dear Mr Sawyer,

Please find the enclosed attachment below:

<<Doc4.doc>>

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Dear Gordon,

Thanks, much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sawyer

Richard Sage left an annotation ()

One month later, the 10-day limit appears to have been exceeded, but have they replied in substance?

I cannot see why there is any natural monopoly in car clubs, so why should WCC have issued a tender for one company rather than a set of requirements for a number of companies to qualify?

Richard Sage
NW1

Customer Relations, Westminster City Council

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Dear Mr Sawyer,

Please find enclosed a copy of the response to your Freedom of Information
request - 3860. I sincerely apologise for the delay in our response. It
was, however, necessary to consult with Zipcar and to advise them that we
were considering disclosing aspects of the Car Club contract with the City
Council. This was process was also necessary in the event that Zipcar had
concerns over the release of any information which they deemed to be
commercially sensitive.

I regret that you were initially provided with an incomplete response
instead of a holding letter. I hope you will accept that this was not
originally intended.

<<FOI3860Sawyer.gd.doc>>
Appendices:

<<PQQ Appendix 1.doc>> <<Contract terms & Conditions Appendix2.doc>>
<<Contract Specification - Appendix 3.doc>> <<Instructions to Tenders
Appendix 4.doc>> <<Final tenders Appendix5.xls>> <<Final Tender Appendix
6.doc>> <<appendices A and B for FOI.pdf>> <<Zipcar reference for
FOI.doc>>

Should you experience any difficulties in accessing this information, or
require further data in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Gordon Deas

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Dear Gordon,

Many thanks for the detail and depth of your reply. Apology for the delay accepted, this is well worth waiting for.

Thanks again for excellent information.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sawyer