Provision of safety assurance information to TfL relating to UberPool (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0352
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following the recent Information Commissioner's Office ruling relating to the complainant James Farrar are you satisfied that TfL has reached the right balance between voluntary collaboration and direct authority in its relationship with those it regulates?  Please also state why it requires a 'safe space' to discuss public safety assurances behind closed doors, especially in light of the fact that it is the public and the licensed drivers who bear the main public safety risks?

Answer

Answer for Provision of safety assurance information to TfL relating to UberPool (3)

Answer for Provision of safety assurance information to TfL relating to UberPool (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe it is important for Transport for London (TfL) to be as open and transparent as possible; however this must not be to the detriment of its functions as a regulatory body and in its responsibility to maintain public safety. 

TfL's comments on requiring a "safe space" were made to highlight the importance of TfL and the private hire trade having a platform where information can be shared in confidence. As a result, licensees are more likely to quickly share commercially sensitive information and cooperate with the regulator. As also mentioned in the Information Commissioner's Office decision notice, this is particularly important when discussing new and innovative services with the trade, to determine whether new proposals comply with the relevant legislation.

I appreciate the fact that the public and licensed drivers are those that are most affected by public safety issues. However, TfL is responsible for ensuring public safety and in order to do so, it is important that it is allowed to carry out its regulatory functions and to maintain full cooperation from the trade when doing so.

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