FOI request detail

TFL alcohol fines

Request ID: FOI-2961-1920
Date published: 23 January 2020

You asked

Hi there, I am writing to make an open government request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please could you let me know the following: - How many fines have been given out for people drinking alcohol on your services (for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019)? - What was the total amount of fines (for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019)? - How much of these fines have been received byTfL? Thanks for your help and please get in touch with any clarifications.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-2961-1920

Thank you for your request received on 3 January 2020 asking for information about fines issued for drinking alcohol on our network.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.:
We do not hold the information you have requested. Information relating to the enforcement of the alcohol ban is not recorded by TfL.
We work with our police colleagues to provide a transport service that feels safe and welcoming for everyone. Customers are prohibited from drinking or carrying open containers of alcohol on the London Underground, buses, Docklands Light Railway, tram services and London Overground. These rules play an important part in ensuring that everybody travelling on our transport network has a safe and pleasant journey.
TfL staff and inspectors deal with any incidents involving alcohol consumption through a combination of education, engagement and enforcement. Where an individual is observed consuming alcohol on the network, the initial approach is to engage with the person and ask them to dispose of the alcohol and/or leave the network. Where a passenger refuses to cooperate and behaviour escalates, staff would request police assistance. The police could deal with the resultant behaviour under TfL Byelaws or public service vehicles regulations. This can result in prosecution and a penalty of up to £1000 fine. Fine income goes to the Treasury, not TfL.
Please accept our apologies that we are unable to assist you further on this occasion.
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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