FOI request detail

How many applications for the TfL scrappage scheme grant have been made since the ULEZ went live on 8 April?

Request ID: FOI-1367-1920
Date published: 16 August 2019

You asked

How many applications for the TfL scrappage scheme grant have been made since the ULEZ went live on 8 April 2019? Please provide a breakdown grant applications for option 1, option 2 and option 3

We answered

TfL Ref: 1367-1920

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 7 August 2019 asking for information about applications for the scrappage scheme grant.

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 significantly exceed the cost limit to provide a response to your current request. This is because it is estimated that in order to provide the breakdown grant applications for option 1, option 2 and option 3 as you asked for in the second part of your request, we would have to review each application and collate the numbers for each of the options as we have not got this information centrally recorded.  We estimate that this would take around 5-10 minutes per application and we have received 815 scrappage scheme applications since 8 April 2019 (although we have received many more since the scrappage scheme began in February 2019) which would greatly exceed the cost limit (number of applications figure correct as at 5 August 2019).

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 us. 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 the organisation.

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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 do not hesitate to contact me.

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Yours sincerely

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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