FOI request detail

Tube and train driver previous jobs

Request ID: FOI-0206-1819
Date published: 09 May 2018

You asked

To the Freedom of Information Officer, Could you please provide a breakdown of the previous jobs of tube and train (including TFL) drivers hired in the last five financial years? By type of job I mean general profession e.g. construction work, police service etc. Thank you very much

We answered

Our Ref: FOI-0206-1819

Thank you for your request received on 24 April 2018 asking for information about the previous employment of Tube and train operators.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

Unfortunately, to provide the information you have requested would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Under section 12 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if we estimate that 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.

We have estimated that it would cost £1875 to provide a response to your current request. This is because it is estimated that it would take over 75 working hours to retrieve and compile the information you have requested. We do not hold this information centrally so would have to look at the application of all of the people recruited to these roles in the period requested. For the last two years there have been over 900 people recruited to these roles.

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 want to refine your request or make a Freedom of Information Act request in future, please bear in mind that the Freedom of Information Act allows you to request recorded information held by Transport for London. 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 TfL.

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, TfL does 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 we will not be taking further action until we receive your revised request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please feel free to contact me.

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

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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