Request ID: FOI-3086-2223 Date published: 20 March 2023
I would like to know the below;
1. How many PCO licenses have been taken away from drivers in the last 10 years owing to driver conduct with passengers over the last 10 years.
2. How does Tfl substantiate an allegation against drivers made by passengers particularly with new huge operators such as Uber, Bolt and Free Now who offer a claim culture, encouraging complaints.
3. What safety provisions does Tfl provide for PCO drivers other than the standard in app safety protocols provided by these new operators.
Our ref: FOI-3086-2223/GH
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 21 February 2023 asking for information about TPH License Suspensions.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.
I can confirm that we do hold the information you require. However, 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 requests 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. In this instance, we estimate that the time required to answer your request would exceed 18 hours which, at £25 per hour (the rate stipulated by the Regulations), exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’.
Your first question asks: How many PCO licenses have been taken away from drivers in the last 10 years owing to driver conduct with passengers over the last 10 years.
Since 2013, over 5,500 Private Hire driver licences have been revoked. We do not hold a specific category for reporting ‘driver conduct with passengers’ as the specific reason, and therefore would need to manually check each of these to compile an accurate number.
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Graham Hurt FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London