FOI request detail

Common law rights

Request ID: FOI-0351-1718
Date published: 01 August 2017

You asked

Has Tfl broken our common law rights!!! Can you confirm whether Tfl is breaking our privacy laws by following our vehicles with your average speed cameras? Can you confirm whether you are breaking our common law rights (rights to travel unhindered) section 61 Magna Carta for references Can you confirm whether these acts or statues of parliament are by consent only??? Can you confirm whether we have to pay congestion charge if we don't consent!!!

We answered

Thank you for your email received by us on 17 May 2017 asking for information about common law rights and privacy laws in relation to average speed cameras and the Congestion Charging scheme.

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.

The powers under which TfL enforces traffic contraventions on our roads are conferred by Acts of Parliament. There is no requirement within any of the Acts for us to seek consent from drivers or vehicle owners prior to or during any enforcement action. We are entirely satisfied that all of our enforcement procedures are fully compliant with relevant legislation, including those clauses of the Magna Carta which remain on statute.

Information on our legislative framework is also published here on our website at:

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




Back to top

Want to make a request?

We'll email you the response within 20 working days.

We'll publish the response online without disclosing any personal information.