Drinking ban

MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What protection is being offered to staff on public transport to implement the drinking ban?


Answer for Drinking ban

Answer for Drinking ban

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All customer-facing TfL staff have been issued with guidelines on how to implement the new alcohol ban. The message to all staff is that their safety is paramount, and under no circumstances should they put themselves at risk in order to enforce the prohibition of alcohol on the transport network. Staff have been issued with step by step guidelines on how to act should they come across a customer with an open alcohol container, with the emphasis firmly on explaining to those passengers concerned that alcohol is no longer permitted on public transport within London. Should a passenger refuse to comply and staff believe there is a risk to their personal safety, they will contact the police for assistance. TfL has worked closely with the Police to ensure that the 2,500 uniformed officers on the public transport network are briefed on this issue and can support staff when required. CCTV is in operation throughout the TfL transport network and it will be used to assist in prosecuting those who threaten or abuse staff.