MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have TfL applied for since they were given the relevant powers?


Answer for ASBOs

Answer for ASBOs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since 2002 when the British Transport Police were given the power to apply for ASBOs under the Police Reform Act, the Transport for London and London Underground partnership with the British Transport Police has resulted in the grant of 254 orders on the system as a whole, including mainline stations and the Docklands Light Railway. This process has continued and TfL will only apply direct for an ASBO where it is considered more appropriate than for the British Transport Police to do so.

TfL is currently applying to the courts for the granting of an ASBO for the first time since having been granted the relevant powers in September 2006. This is as a result of careful collection of the necessary supporting evidence over the past few months. Of course it will ultimately be for the courts to decide whether to grant the ASBO. TfL continue to regularly monitor ongoing anti-social behaviour issues across the transport network, and is currently assessing a number of individuals. However, these assessments will only result in applications for ASBOs when no other means of effectively dealing with the problem is likely to succeed and where sufficient evidence exists to make the application.