TfL are the licencing authority and regulator for the Taxi and Private Hire (TPH) trades in London and share common objectives with Taxi and Private Hire Policing Team (TPHPT):
The key activities that TPHPT carry out are plain clothes touting/plying operations in hotspot areas to detect illegal activity; high visibility and plain clothes enforcement to detect, deter and disrupt illegal activity as well as to improve road safety; cab-related crime investigations; cab operator inspections; and proactively following up intelligence leads.
TPHPT also carry out joint operations with TPH compliance officers such as roadside stop sites; compliance patrols; multi-agency cab operator visits; and joint investigations. During joint operations TPH compliance officers will take the lead on compliance and licensing issues and TPHPT will take the lead on criminal and road traffic offence matters.
Information is shared between TfL and TPHPT in order to identify areas of risk to allow responses to be put in place to tackle identified threats.
There is joint working and information sharing between TPHPT and TfL in order to achieve our shared objectives however TPHPT acts totally independently when making decisions around investigations and traffic offence matters and are not influenced by TfL.