FOI request detail

Freedom of Information request - 9000 new ZEC taxis

Request ID: FOI-4831-1718
Date published: 29 March 2018

You asked

On the TFL website (please see link) Under the heading; Mayor and TfL finalise ULEZ requirements for taxi and minicab trades It states; The Mayor and TfL have secured £65m of funding to help taxi drivers achieve a target of 9,000 zero emission capable taxis by 2020. Please can you inform me, who at TfL or outside individuals/organisations provided the figure of 9000 Also any data that was used to calculate that 9000 figure was/is achievable Copies of any communication/emails etc from outside individuals/organisations received by TfL in relation to that 9000 figure

We answered

Our ref: FOI-4831-1718/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 9 March 2018 asking for information about ULEZ requirements for taxi and minicab trades.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

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’.

Part of your request asks for “Copies of any communication/emails etc from outside individuals/organisations received by TfL in relation to that 9000 figure”.  You have not specified a timeframe, and the Press release you refer to is dated 2015. We would therefore need to search three years worth of emails to identify those which may be relevant to your request. We would then need to manually check each email to ascertain whether it was concerning this topic and extract and collate the relevant information accordingly. We therefore estimate that this part of your request alone would considerably exceed the cost limit.

To help bring the cost of responding to your requests within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider refining your requests to a narrowed period of time and specify keywords which would allow for a more targeted search.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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