FOI request detail

Tube Drivers Caught Reading Whilst Driving

Request ID: FOI-3189-1819
Date published: 04 March 2019

You asked

Revised request from FOI-2908-1819: Could you kindly narrow it down for the past two years if that would help and could you provide the request based on the Northern and Jubilee Drivers only I hope this will help you with my request thank you for your cooperation. 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 and the disciplinary sanction and penalty for each incident.

We answered

Our Ref:          FOI-3189-1819

Thank you for your revised request received on 22 February asking for information about train drivers.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and TfL’s information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

To provide the information you have requested would still exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

As per our previous response, we have estimated that it would still cost over £450 to provide a response to your current request as there would still be over 500 cases to manually review. The team that hold this information have advised that if you narrowed your request to a 3-6 month period then we may be able to provide you with the requested information.

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.

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, TfL does not have to answer your question if it would require the creation of new information or the provision of a judgement, explanation, advice or opinion that was not already recorded at the time of your request.

Please note that we will not be taking further action until we receive your revised request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please feel free to contact me.

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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