Total number of train drivers caught reading newspapers /novels
Request ID: FOI-2908-1819
Date published: 21 February 2019
Please I would like to request for the freedom of information for the total number of train drivers caught reading newspapers or novels watching private electronic devices whilst in control of a passenger train in the past 10years across the network and the disciplinary sanction and penalty for each incident .
Our Ref: FOI-2908-1819
Thank you for clarifying your request received on 30 January 2019 asking for information about train drivers.
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 significantly exceed the cost limit to provide a response to your current request. This is because it is not possible to directly report on this information. The only way for us to provide this information would be to manually review in excess of 2,500 disciplinary cases over the past ten years and extract and collate any that meet the requirements of your request. Such a process is likely to take hundreds of working hours to collate the requested information.
To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If you want to refine your request or make a Freedom of Information Act request in future, please bear in mind that the Freedom of Information Act allows you to request recorded information held by Transport for London. You should identify the information that you want as clearly and concisely as you can, specifying the types of document that you are looking for. You might also consider limiting your request to a particular period of time, geographical area or specific departments of TfL.
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Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
Transport for London
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