FOI request detail

Meetings between TPH and Uber

Request ID: FOI-4605-1718
Date published: 20 April 2018

You asked

Please provide me with a list of every meeting which has taken place between Uber and TfL’s private hire team led by Helen Chapman and/or Transport Commissioner Mike Brown since September 22nd. Please also provide a brief description of the nature of the meeting

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-4605-1718

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 20 February 2018 asking for information about meetings.



Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.



The Commissioner met with Dara Khosrowshahi on 3 October 2017 and 15 January 2018, both meetings took place in London.



However, in accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply the remainder of the information requested in relation to meetings as it is subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 31(1)(g), which relates to information where disclosure would be likely to prejudice the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes listed in subsection 31(2) of the FOI Act, specifically, ‘(2)(c)the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances which would justify regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist or may arise’. 


In this instance the exemption has been applied as the information is held only for the purposes of ascertaining whether a Private Hire operator is complying with the regulations, in accordance with our responsibility for regulating the private hire trade in London. The exemption applies to protect our ability to clarify and confirm details on specific issues regarding general licensing concerns. The prejudice would be caused by disclosure because it would affect our ability to engage with the taxi and private hire trade and would inhibit the free flow of information, particularly where there is disclosure of information about confidential and commercially sensitive data. Effective working between the trade and the regulator relies on a safe space where information can be shared at a sufficiently early stage to avoid the need for formal enforcement action. 


This benefits the public as it enables greater oversight of private hire operators and better scrutiny of services by the regulator and our benefit because proactive discussion avoids costly enforcement activity, delayed access to information and increased bureaucracy.  


The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise that there is a public interest in understanding the scope of regulatory activity, and whether concerns have been sufficiently addressed. However we feel the balance of the public interest supports the exemption in order to enable the effective and timely sharing of information between ourselves and the taxi and private hire trade.




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


Yours sincerely



Lee Hill


Information Access Manager



FOI Case Management Team


General Counsel


Transport for London


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