FOI request detail

PHV License Applications

Request ID: FOI-1705-2223
Date published: 11 November 2022

You asked

• Number of PHV driver license renewals since June 2021 • % of expiring PHV driver licenses in that time frame that were renewed • Number of new PHV licence applications received by TPH since June 2021 • How many of these have been issued • Number of licenses issued since June 2021 within each time frame after receipt of application: less than 50 days 51-100 days 101 -150 days more than 150 days • Number of open PHV Driver License applications with a licensing decision pending for any reason at 17th October 2022

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1705-2223

Thank you for your request received on 17 October 2022 asking for information about private hire vehicle (PHV) licence applications.

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 cost over £450 to provide a response to your current request. This is because it is estimated that it would take over 18 working hours to retrieve and compile the information you have requested.

We process several thousand PHV licence requests each year. The tools we use to report on these figures are limited in their scope and sometimes require us to recheck the figures produced. In this instance it has not been possible to extract the information you have requested within the limits provided under the FOI Act, however this information will be provided to you separately by the TPH team once they have been able to collate the data.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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