Child rate bus fares

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1494
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Information Commissioner has criticised TfL for 'collecting data without clear purpose' for the Young Peoples Photocard, and there may be many parents who decide not to supply their child's personal data by applying for a card. Will you reintroduce child rate bus fares, saver tickets and season tickets for 11-16 year olds who do not have a Zip card whether for this reason or perhaps because they do not use London buses regularly eg visitors?

Answer

Answer for Child rate bus fares

Answer for Child rate bus fares

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Information Commissioner's statement was made without consultation with TfL. TfL has now written to the Commissioner explaining what information is collected and why this is essential for the scheme. Visitors to London can apply for a child Photocard on-line to be collected at a Travel Information Centre. Alternatively, One Day child Travelcards are available from £1.00 without ID. All children under 11 travel free without needing ID on the buses and on the Tube if accompanied by an adult. Therefore, at this time I do not see a case for re-introducing child rate bus fares. It is important to remember why Zip cards were introduced in the first place. Many Londoners have serious concerns about the levels of anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder on the buses, and photo ID cards provide one way of properly enforcing the Behaviour Code on the buses. This is not, therefore, 'collecting data with no purpose'.