Request ID: FOI-2860-2223 Date published: 27 February 2023
Can you tell me:
a) Is TfL installing ANPR cameras as part of the ULEZ Expansion in the Greater London Area. If so, does TfL have requisite legal powers and consent from the Government to install ANPR cameras? If yes, provide relevant evidence confirming this?
b) the location of the installation of ANPR cameras, in the Greater London area, as part of the ULEZ Expansion?
c) the cost of each ANPR camera and the cost associated with the installation for each camera?
d) how many ANPR cameras are being installed in the Greater London area as part of the ULEZ Expansion?
e) Has TfL obtained appropriate consent from Local Authorities, to use the space under their jurisdiction, for the installation of ANPR cameras, in the Greater London area as part of the ULEZ Expansion? If so, provide relevant evidence.
Thank you for your requests received by Transport for London (TfL) asking for information about ULEZ.
These nine request have been considered under the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.
However, given the extent of the information you are looking for, we are applying Regulation 12(4)(b) as we believe that the request is ‘manifestly unreasonable’ because providing the information you have requested would impose unreasonable costs on us and require an unreasonable diversion of resources.
In these current requests you have asked more than 40 questions relating to ULEZ.This is in addition to severalprevious requests we have already answered, including a multi-question request which was submitted to us in concert with 24 other individuals in what appeared to be a co-ordinated attempt to disrupt our services through sheer volume or repetitive requests. To answer your current requests would take an excessive amount of staff time and resources, and place an unreasonable burden on us. Our principal duty is to provide an effective transport service for London and we consider that answering these requests would represent a disproportionate effort. It would be a significant distraction from our work managing the TfL network, requiring re-allocation of already limited resources and placing an unacceptable burden on a small number of personnel.
The use of this exception is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to consider whether the public interest in applying the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We recognise that the release of information would promote accountability and transparency in public services and also help address your particular concerns about this issue. However, the time it would take to provide the information you have requested would divert a disproportionate amount of our resources from its core functions and on balance we consider that the public interest currently favours the use of the exception. A significant amount of information is already publicly available on the subject matter to which these questions relate and we would encourage you to review this ahead of considering any further requests.
We also suggest that, before submitting future requests, you consider which information is of the highest priority to ensure that the processing time available is spent on the information that is of most importance to you. Please also take into account the guidance and advice provided by the ICO such as the “dos and don’ts” published on its website here: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/official-information/ which will help you ensure you are able to make the best use of your information access rights.
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FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London