Taxi Drivers (3103_13)

Request

  • Over the last three years how many Drivers have reported being assaulted whilst going about their lawful business i.e. driving a taxi?
  • How many have complained to West Midlands Police of Assault/Robbery?
  • How many of such reported crimes been pursued/investigated by Police and successfully prosecuted?
  • Are there any plans by the Police for a ‘Public Awareness’ with regards transport workers such as Taxi Drivers?

Response

Please see attached.

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached file 3103_attachment). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

You ask:

How many of such reported crimes been pursued/investigated by Police and successfully prosecuted?

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.  The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual crime file/case. Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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