FOI request detail

Illegally parked car on Tooting Bec Road

Request ID: FOI-4211-2324
Date published: 11 March 2024

You asked

Your FOI team have already been copied in on previous emails, so will be aware of their responsibility to recognise and FOI request, which they have currently not responded to. It is inconceivable that your enforcement teams did not ticket a vehicle parked on a red route for that period of time, unless your teams are incompetent, or wilfully ignored the vehicle. Someone is aware of the reasons why this vehicle wasn’t ticketed. For the avoidance of doubt, this is an FOI request. You will be able to ascertain why this vehicle was not ticketed and I would like to know the reason(s) why. You will be aware of the frequency of patrols where the enforcement teams used Tooting Bec Road, being a significant transport red route. For the avoidance of doubt, this is an FOI request. How many patrols used Tooting Bec Road during the period 19th December 2023 to 5th January 2024? Kind regards

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-4211-2324

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 14 February 2024 asking for information about a parked car on Tooting Bec Road.  

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require.

However, in accordance with the EIR, we are not obliged to supply the information you have requested as it is subject to a statutory exception to the right of access to information under regulation 12(5)(b) – the course of justice, the ability of a person to receive a fair trial or the ability of the public authority to conduct and inquiry of a criminal or disciplinary nature – (in this instance specifically the course of justice).

We believe that the disclosure of this information could prejudice the work completed by parking enforcement teams, and reveal locations where enforcement activity is less likely to be implemented. Whilst we make no suggestion that you would use this information for anything other than your own personal interest, disclosure of this information to you has to be regarded as a disclosure to ‘the public at large’.

The use of this exception is subject to an assessment of the public interest test in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency. However, in this instance, we feel that the balance of public interest lies in favour of withholding the information, as some motorists may seek to take advantage of this information, which would impact the effectiveness of the work completed by parking enforcement teams. The application of this exception has been recently agreed by the Information Commissioner in relation to a previously published request, available using the following link:

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal. 

Yours sincerely,

Mary Abidakun
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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