FOI request detail

London Buses ibus controllers training

Request ID: FOI-1934-1920
Date published: 15 October 2019

You asked

I need all the information about to be controller thank you

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-1934-1920

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 28 September 2019, asking for information about iBus training.

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.

Please find attached the Stage 9 iBus training handout and mileage codes.

Some of the training material is the intellectual property of our third party and exempt from disclosure under S43(2) of the FOI Act, which applies to disclosures of information that would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person. Disclosure would prejudice the training provider’s commercial interests since it would enable their competitors to access their content, which they could then use to develop similar training materials without incurring the costs of developing the materials from scratch themselves. If public authorities were unable to offer some protection for third party intellectual property the likely outcome would be that training providers would increase the initial cost, since the materials provided would be made publicly available, eroding their commercial advantage in future tender opportunities.

There is a clear public interest in both the effective operation of competitive markets, and also in avoiding public sector organisations paying an additional premium for the production of training materials. We have considered the public interest in disclosure and there would appear to be little benefit to the public in the release of internal training documentation which has no direct impact on the interaction of bus drivers with the travelling public.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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