FOI request detail

How many revenue inspectors are employed

Request ID: FOI-2610-2324
Date published: 07 November 2023

You asked

I would like to know how many revenue inspectors there are for TFL buses

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-2610-2324

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20th October 2023 asking for information about bus revenue inspectors.

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

Specifically you asked:

I would like to know how many revenue inspectors there are for TFL buses?”.

I can confirm that we hold the information you require.

We take fare evasion extremely seriously and operate a team of 450 revenue inspectors across our network day and night, using new technology and intelligence to identify anyone travelling without the correct ticket or payment for the journey they are making. Officers do not work at fixed locations - they are deployed and patrol across London 24 hours day, 7 days a week. All deployments are based on intelligence and analysis of risk.

We penalise and prosecute thousands of fare evaders every year, and we push for the toughest penalties for anyone caught fare evading on our services. Fare evasion takes away vital revenue for us to reinvest in our transport network to keep London moving. We have a multi-pronged strategy in place to reduce the risk of fare evasion and have set a target to bring the level of fare evasion below 1.5%. Fare evasion is a criminal offence that could lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record. Last year there were over 18,000 offences reported by our revenue teams for possible prosecution.

If this is not the information you are looking for 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,

David Wells
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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