Transport for London boss SIr Peter Hendy cut his expenses claims by over £600 in the second quarter of this year.
Last year Sir Peter and TfL’s chief officers charged fare-payers thousands of pounds for Taxi fares, meals and coffee mugs. The figures were revealed following Freedom of Information requests by MayorWatch.
In January TfL adopted a new policy of “proactively publishing” the claims.
The first voluntary disclosure covered January to March and revealed Sir Peter had claimed a total of 1,593.94, including over £1,100 on Taxi bills.
New figures show Sir Peter’s use of Taxis fell to £880 between April and June. His total expenses bill came to £910.98, a £600 reduction on the previous quarter.
Compared to the previous period when he claimed £320 on meals, Sir Peter’s latest expenses include just a single claim for food – a £8.65 working lunch.
Last year Sir Peter took home £652,452, including bonuses for TfL’s Olympic performance.
Of TfL’s other six chief officers, just two claimed expenses during the latest quarter.
Mike Brown, Managing Director, London Underground and London Rail, claimed £595.00 for an unspecified professional subscription. A TfL spokesperson said this covered membership to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The spokesperson defended the expenditure, saying: “Mike Brown is accountable for a multi-billion pound portfolio of construction and infrastructure projects central to the future success of London and the UK as a whole. Membership of professional bodies such as RICS ensures that these are delivered in keeping with industry best practice.”
Marketing and Communications MD Vernon Everitt charged Londoners a total of £325.75 for a working dinner, a networking event and Taxis.
Overall expenses claims came to £1,831.73, almost unchanged from the previous period’s £1,869.17 bill.
Despite promises to embrace transparency, TfL has removed the January – March 2013 figures from its website. The spokesperson said the previous quarter’s figures had been “taken down in error” and would be republished.
In the build up to 2012’s Mayoral elections TfL blamed a technical hitch for removing six years of press releases, an incident which made it harder for journalists to fact check election promises and claims.