FOI request detail

Worldpay payment

Request ID: FOI-0714-1718
Date published: 07 July 2017

You asked

Thankyou for your reply regarding Worldpay and Ron Kalifa as TFL board member. However, I find it strange that the vice chairman and executive director at Worldpay could have no bearing whatsoever on TFL opting for Worldpay payment systems being authorised for use in London's black cabs yet you, as representative of TFL, deny any involvement of Ron Kalifa having anything to do with such a monumental decision affecting every black cab driver in London. With respect I find this obviously standard denial insulting and I would be most grateful if you could tell why he was appointed to the board if not to peddle his company? The fact Worldpay was approved for use with Kalifa on the TFL board whilst in post as vice chairman and exec director of this company stinks and the whole trade knows it. I would like to know under the freedom of information act 2000 why Mr. Ron Kalifa was appointed to the TFL board, who nominated him and who approved it?

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0714-1718


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20 June 2017 asking for information about an appointment to the TfL Board.


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


The Board appointment process is set out here is no ‘approval process’ as all Board Members are appointed by the Mayor.


TfL took its decision to mandate the acceptance of payment cards in taxis in February 2016, seven months before Ron Kalifa became a TfL Board Member. Mr Kalifa has declared his position at Worldpay as part of his Declaration of Interests, which is published on the TfL website.


Mr Kalifa has not taken part in any TfL decisions relating to Taxi or PHVs since joining the TfL Board and there is no question of a conflict of interest having occurred.


If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Yours sincerely


Lee Hill

Senior FOI Case Officer


FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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