Unlicensed Mini Cabs

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many officers within the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) have been specifically assigned to tackling illegal taxi touts, and unlicensed mini cabs? Can you provide a yearly breakdown, since the inception of TOCU?


Answer for Unlicensed Mini Cabs

Answer for Unlicensed Mini Cabs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since the inception of the Metropolitan Police Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) Cab team in August 2003, 34 officers a year have been dedicated to the unit targeting illegal minicabs in priority locations. Prior to the formation of the TOCU, there were only around six officers assigned to tackling touting.The Cabs team undertake regular intelligence-led visible anti-touting patrols and targeted covert operations. The Cab team also work closely with local borough police on joint operations and use Borough resources on these operations where it is considered appropriate.