TfL Compliance Officers (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3551
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Can you confirm as to whether a Compliance Officer has the authority to enter into a taxi, without the permission of the driver, to remove items from the cab?

Answer

Answer for TfL Compliance Officers (2)

Answer for TfL Compliance Officers (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I can confirm that the powers allowing compliance officers to take action in respect of taxis are contained with the London Hackney Carriages Acts of 1831, 1843 and 1853; the Metropolitan Public Carriages Act 1869; and the London Cab Order 1934.

These powers enable compliance officers to carry out a range of actions including requesting a badge/driver ID for inspection and a copy of insurance documents. 

When undertaking a vehicle inspection a compliance officer is permitted to request the removal of unauthorised signage, however has no authority to confiscate items from a drivers cab.