Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide the information detailed below relating to fires that have occurred in licensed hackney carriages and private hire vehicles, for each of the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012:
1. how many fires have occurred in the following types of licensed vehicles (if the answer is nil then please provide a nil response):
a) Hackney carriages
b) Private hire vehicles
2. does your licensing authority require fire extinguishers to be carried in licensed vehicles, if so, please provide the details of the type and size of fire extinguisher that is required (an extract of the licence condition will be satisfactory).
3. in the last four years has your licensing authority consulted with or requested information either formally or informally from any fire authority as to whether or not fire extinguishers should be provided in licensed vehicles, if so, please provide copies of all documents, emails and letters and other correspondence relating to this issue.
4. If your local authority has amended its policy relating to fire extinguishers in licensed vehicles in the last four years please provide a copy of the report/s (or if the document/s are published on the council website a link to the committee / decision report/s will suffice).
Should you consider any of the information requested to be exempt under section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, then please provide redacted versions of exempted documents in accordance with the legislation, together with a refusal notice stating why the information cannot be released. We do not require any personal information, registration numbers or other information that may identify individuals or their vehicles.
No records relating to fires in taxis reported