TfL vexatious complainants

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4060
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can the Mayor confirm a) how many FOI requests an individual must make under the Freedom of Information Act to be classed as vexatious b) how many people have been banned by TfL from receiving responses to their FOI requests c) how long such bans levied on individuals remain in place?

Answer

Answer for TfL vexatious complainants

Answer for TfL vexatious complainants

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Freedom of Information Act does not contain provision for individuals to be classed as vexatious, or to be banned from receiving responses to FOI requests. Instead, particular requests can be refused as vexatious, in accordance with guidance issued by the Information Commissioner. This guidance lists factors to be taken into account, which can include the number of requests made by an individual. In 2014/15 to date, 52 FOI requests received by TfL have been refused as vexatious.