Request for information on serious (violent) crimes committed by provider
Request ID: FOI-1562-1718
Date published: 12 October 2017
My request consists of two parts:
1] Crime data
I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for any data, metrics or statistics recorded by, maintained by, or provided to TfL in relation to crimes committed by or against drivers or passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles.
Ideally I would like to request raw data, but appreciate this may be difficult, in which case the highest granularity possible please. I would like the data to span from 2007-2017 inclusive if possible.
In particular, I wish to look at data regarding the location of the crimes, and the time (or date) of the crime, whether the victim was a driver/passenger/other, what type of crime it was (robbery / assault / other), what type of provider (taxi or private hire) it was, and which licensee was operating the vehicle in question. I only wish to obtain data for serious crimes (murder/rape/assault/robbery and similar) not for minor, non-violent crimes.
2] Operator/Licensee driving time data
I also wish to obtain some data to assist with analysing the above. The data I wish to obtain is any records relating to each licensee/operator and how many driver-hours (even if this data is approximate) are logged by each licensee/operator. Ideally this would be by day/week or month, over the last 10 years. This data would allow for comparison with the data from section  to allow analysis which will show which operators are safest (or not) per driver-hour and and allow analysis into whether or not this has changed over time.
The format can be any electronic format, or should an electronic format not be available, a printed format.
Our ref: FOI-1562-1718/GH
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 22 September 2017 asking for information about taxis and private hire.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. Unfortunately we do not hold the information you require.
- TfL does not hold data in relation to crimes committed against drivers or by passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles. The Metropolitan Police advise TfL of allegations of sexual offences committed by drivers, details of which we publish here https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-security/security-on-the-network/tph-related-sexual-offences#on-this-page-0 ,the police may hold details of other offences committed by persons licenced to drive taxi and private hire vehicles. The information you request may be held by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Details about how to submit a Freedom of Information Request to the Metropolitan Police Service can be found at www.met.police.uk/foi .
All licensed taxi and private hire drivers are subject to an enhanced criminal record check and once a decision on a driver's application has been made the results of the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check have to be destroyed in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice, which has statutory backing . Therefore, we do not hold all details of convictions and cautions unless it was referred to a Licensing Manager or higher for consideration for approval/refusal. The only recorded convictions would be those declared to us by the driver. In order to provide the information requested we would have to check in excess of 125,000 individual electronic driver records and then list conviction details if held.
- TfL does not hold data in relation to driver hours. Licensed drivers are either self employed or employed by an operator, therefore any information on driver hours would be held either by the driver or the individual operator.
If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
Transport for London
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