Taking us for a ride! TfL bosses spend "thousands of pounds a year" on taxis

Top transport chiefs at Transport for London have been charging Londoners thousands of pounds per year for taxis, magazine subscriptions and meals.

In figures provided by TfL to Mayorwatch, the top seven transport executives made more than £22,000 in expenses claims in total between 2010 and September 2012.

Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy claimed the most, at £16,125, with expenses totalling £5,316.52 in 2010, £5.666.77 in 2011 and £5.141.99 in 2012.

His claims last year include over £2,500 on taxis and travelling and £99.60 for a subscription to Ville Rail & Transports magazine.

According to TfL’s Annual Report, Sir Peter earned £331,175 during 2011/12, more than twice the £143,911 earned by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Robert Oxley, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told LondonlovesBusiness.com:

“Commuters suffering delays and overcrowding on London’s creaking transport system will not be happy to see the operator’s boss regularly using taxis. Taxpayers’ already fork out a huge amount of money for Sir Peter Hendy’s salary, his taxi bill is adding insult to injury.”

In a statement accompanying the expenses figures, TfL said:

“Sir Peter Hendy travels to and from work by public transport and he also regularly uses public transport when travelling in the capital on business.

“He is overseeing the delivery of a 10-year multi-billion pound budget to manage transport in London, and also deliver Crossrail and the upgrade of the Tube and there are occasions when his full schedule and late hours necessitate the use of taxis (which, of course, TfL licenses).”

A Transport for London spokeswoman added: “As part of its recognition of its role as a public body and its commitment to achieving value for money, TfL has controls in place to ensure financial probity.

“TfL has a business expenses policy which provides for staff to claim expenses incurred in the course of their duties subject to the parameters in the policy including authorisation procedures.”

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