Mayor answers to London

Revenue Protection Inspectors (1)

Question number1470/2010
Meeting date19/05/2010

Question by Joanne McCartney

You did not answer the question in MQT 1173 / 2010. I asked, “What investigations have a) TfL; and b) MPA; conducted”. What investigations, or actions, have been conducted to give increased powers to revenue inspectors as you promised to do in your crime manifesto?

Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)

TfL, in conjunction with its Police partners, has looked at the issue of Revenue Protection Inspector (RPI) powers in detail, and constantly keeps the powers granted to RPIs under review. As set out in my response to your previous question 1173/2010, RPIs do have the power to require passengers to provide their name and address under certain circumstances, for example if it is suspected that the passenger has deliberately attempted to avoid paying their fare, and for a passenger to refuse to provide those details is an offence.

On London Underground, a team of Revenue Control Inspectors has recently been awarded additional powers by the British Transport Police under the Accredited Persons Police Reform Act 2002 Schedule 5. This ‘proof of concept’ trial of powers started in March 2010. Informed by the outcome of the trial on London Underground, TfL will explore further the accreditation of RPIs with additional powers by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Commissioner.

TfL and MPS current policy is to increase intelligence- led joint working between the two agencies which benefits both, combining RPI and police powers in joint patrols and providing an engaging and effective presence to deter anti-social behaviour and tackle fare evasion.

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Joanne McCartney