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Taxi Driver Licence with Criminal Convictions

Requested on
Mon 30th June, 2014
Reference
FOI 4612
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Full details of the number of taxi driver licences issued to individuals with previous criminal convictions in the past 7 years.
Please include:
- The number of licences issued to drivers with past convictions since January 1 2007 up until the date this request was received. Please provide yearly breakdowns.
- Full details of past convictions - including the nature of the crime committed, the years in which offences were carried out, length of sentence served etc.

Answer

While the information requested can be held by the Council in the form of declarations on individual license applications it is not held in a manner which enables the information you requested to be collated easily.  The time required to go through and analyse each application (around 800 forms) would exceed the appropriate limit for dealing with requests set out in section 12 of the Act and the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations]. 
Also drivers may not declare their convictions on the form, and therefore we would not hold this information.
The Council would normally wish to offer suggestions as to how some of the information could be provided or how a differently worded request could result in information being provided within the terms of the Act and the Regulations.  However due to the complexity of the information requested in this case in relation to the way in which the Council holds information this does not appear possible in this case. 

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