Thank you for your email received on 18 May 2017 asking about applications for a private hire operator licence.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and our Information Access Policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked:
“Have either Chariot Transit or Via Transportation ever applied for a Private Hire Vehicle Operator's licence, and if so, could you provide copies of their application forms?.”
We publish details of all licensed operators here on our website via the following link: www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/licensing/licence-checker
We are not obliged to supply the requested information because it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 41 of the FOI Act (information provided in confidence).
In this instance the exemption has been applied as we do not publish the information you have requested, nor has any decision or notification been made that such information would be made public. Therefore we consider that disclosure would constitute an actionable breach of confidence. Although the private hire operator licence application form advises applicants that details of their licence, if granted, will be held on a public register, no indication is given that this information will be disclosed to the public prior to the granting of the licence. As private hire operator licence applicants have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality when they submit their application, we are not obliged to provide this information.
Since section 41 confers an absolute exemption, it is not necessary to consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. Even if section 41 did not confer absolute exemption, there would be no special public interest in disclosure of this information that would justify a breach of confidence in this case.
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FOI Case Officer
Transport For London