FOI request detail

Revenue from fines for drinking on TfL network

Request ID: FOI-1608-1920
Date published: 09 September 2019

You asked

I wish to submit a request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the revenue Transport for London receives from fines for drinking alcohol on its network. Please can you tell me how many fines were issued and how much revenue TfL made in total in each the following financial years: 18/19 17/18 16/17 15/16 14/15 If forming a response will take longer than is permitted in accordance with the Act, please could you supply advice and assistance for how I can refine my request, as stated under the Section 16 obligations of the Act.

We answered

TfL Ref: 1608-1920

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 29 August 2019 asking for information about the revenue Transport for London receives from fines for drinking alcohol on its network.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.

Unfortunately we do not hold the information you have requested. On the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Crossrail and London Overground, the alcohol ban is enforced under TfL byelaws by the British Transport Police (BTP). Any information on enforcement and outcomes such as prosecution would therefore be held by them. Information on submitting a Freedom of Information request to BTP can be found at www.btp.police.uk/foi.

The byelaws are enforced at bus shelters and stations by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Any information on enforcement and outcomes such as prosecution would therefore be held by them. Information on submitting a Freedom of Information request to the MPS can be found at www.met.police.uk/foi.

On buses themselves, the alcohol ban is enforced through TfL’s Conditions of Carriage, and is a civil matter which does not result in a fine or prosecution.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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