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Transport for London cracks down on Underground photography

 9th Apr 2009

Transport for London (TfL) has revamped its website to make it clearer and easier to apply for a £34.50 license to take photographs in the London Underground.

Although the website changes smack of a crack-down, TfL insists it has not changed the rules on photography on the Underground. A spokesperson for TfL said, “our position is that if you wish to take a photograph on our property you should seek permission.”

This could apply to everyone from tourists to keen amateur photographers. However, the spokesperson for TfL did say that it would be taking a “common sense approach” to amateur photography.

However, it is still unclear at what point an amateur photographer needs to apply for a permit, which TfL claims are issued to prevent photography interfering with the operation of the tube network. She also added that the policy enabled them to manage requests from amateurs who wanted to film and take pictures on the underground, which is private property.

The license allows up to five ‘non professionals’ or student photographers or film-makers to use hand-held photography equipment in the Underground for a period of a month.

 

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