Nominee passes now costing TfL over £33million a year

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Nominee-passes
– Travel perk grants free travelcards for flatmates of TfL staff
– Mayor urged to give firefighters free travel instead at a fraction of the cost

A perk that grants free travel to the flatmates of TfL staff now costs London taxpayers over £33million a year in lost revenue, research shows.

London Assembly member Keith Prince wants the Mayor to scrap the ‘ridiculous and unnecessary’ bonus and instead offer firefighters free travel at a fraction of the cost.

TfL currently allows staff to hand out free travelcards to friends, lodgers, family members or anyone else living at their address(1) at a cost of £33.3million(2) a year.

Firefighters could instead be given free travel at an estimated £19.8million in total for the next four years(2), providing a worthwhile perk for lifesaving public servants and saving the taxpayer some 113.2million by 2020.

London Assembly member Keith Prince said:

“It seems ludicrous that the taxpayer has to foot a bill of over £33million a year just so TfL staff can hand out free travelcards to their mates.

“It would be hard enough to justify this perk under normal circumstances, but at a time when the Mayor is seeking to save more than £640million from within TfL because of his disastrous fares freeze it really takes the biscuit.

“The Mayor needs to scrap this ridiculous and unnecessary perk immediately. By doing so he could save TfL and the taxpayer millions in vital revenue and still have money left over to provide our firefighters with a valuable thank you for their work.”

Notes
1. Presently, staff working for TfL are entitled to nominate someone living in their property, whether a family member, friend or lodger to receive free travel on the buses, tube and DLR. This perk is not part of the employee contract and could be rescinded by transport bosses at any time.
2. Full costings below
3. It has been assumed that two journeys are made per operational firefighter every working day, at the average cost of £3.60 per journey (detailed in the linked report). This equates to 1,376,144 journeys per annum and £4,954,118 per annum in costs. Thus, providing free travel to all operational firefighters in line with the police would cost £19,816,472 up to and including 2020. – http://glaconservatives.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Free-Ride.pdf
4. Keith Prince is the GLA Conservatives’ transport spokesman

 

Calculations:

Number of Bus Operator Nominee Passes 20,591
Cost of Zone 1-3 Travelcard £1,548
Total Cost £31,874,868
50% of Cost £15,937,434
Number of TfL Nominee Passes 22,517
Cost of Zone 1-3 Travelcard £1,548
Total Cost £34,856,316
50% of Cost £17,428,158
Total combined cost £33,365,592

 

There are 22,517 TfL Nominee Passes and 20,591 Bus Operator Nominee Passes.

In 2015/16, this is the journey data breakdown as expressed as ‘journeys’.

 

TfL Nominee Passes

2015/16 April 318,770 366,209 1,170 686,149
May 323,312 376,428 1,324 701,064
June 354,618 393,098 1,652 749,368
July 345,019 389,437 1,503 735,959
August 301,551 342,482 1,310 645,343
September 358,932 389,742 1,614 750,288
October 386,016 400,057 1,730 787,803
November 379,696 382,119 1,598 763,413
December 349,950 362,299 1,293 713,542
January 362,190 368,751 1,314 732,255
February 369,207 366,615 1,338 737,160
March 373,313 382,037 1,342 756,692
TOTAL 4,222,574 4,519,274 17,188 8,759,036

 

Bus Operator Nominee Passes

2015/16 April 236,232 676,736 3,899 916,867
May 243,489 699,538 4,304 947,331
June 264,491 737,452 4,508 1,006,451
July 251,041 725,572 4,240 980,853
August 216,539 605,407 3,837 825,783
September 257,509 702,522 4,302 964,333
October 268,895 689,718 4,283 962,896
November 256,189 646,745 4,394 907,328
December 242,632 622,388 4,531 869,551
January 240,350 605,747 4,160 850,257
February 230,836 559,379 3,727 793,942
March 240,019 605,344 3,757 849,120
TOTAL 2,948,222 7,876,548 49,942 10,874,712

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