Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15 July 2017 asking for information about the number of private hire drivers that have had
their licences revoked. I apologise for the delay in my response.
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. You asked:
“Could I ask for a
foi on the number of private hire drivers that have had their licences revoked
for sexual assault and other criminality via your latest figures.”
Between 1 January 2017 and 12 July 2017, 422 private hire driver licences have been revoked. Of these, 153 resulted from allegations of crime or misconduct, 35 of which related to allegations of sexual offences.
When we are notified by the police of an allegation against a TfL licensed taxi or private hire driver, we immediately assess whether there is a risk to public
safety. We may immediately suspend the driver's licence prior to charge or conviction, if we believe the individual is not 'fit and proper' based on the
initial evidence. The driver will remain suspended until we receive the results of the police investigation and any court outcomes. In some cases, we may cancel a driver's licence immediately, irrespective of the results of the police investigation and subsequent court proceedings.
This information is subject to change given the outcome of any legal proceedings.
If this is not the information you are looking for please do not
hesitate to contact me. Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.