Aug 17 2009 By Dan Coombs
More than 150 children and teenagers have had their right to free travel withdrawn for bad behaviour.
Youngsters between 11 and 18 can travel free of charge with 'Oyster Zip passes' under guidelines brought in by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone last year.
But figures released to the Gazette under the Freedom of Information Act reveal 158 Oyster Zip cards have been confiscated from youths in Hillingdon in the last year alone.
A TfL spokesperson said: "We do not record reasons for withdrawal. However, all confiscations would have been as a direct result of the Zip card holder breaching the behaviour code.
"When an application for a Zip card is submitted, a parent or guardian is asked to confirm that they have read and understood the code.
"In doing this they agree that their child is aware of, and will act accordingly in line with the standards set by the code, failure to do so will likely result in the holder's free travel privileges being compromised or withdrawn entirely."
Bullying, using threatening language, and violence among the reasons why youngsters can have their cards withdrawn.
For youngsters who have their cards withdrawn, it is not all bad news however, as thanks to a new initiative they have the opportunity to earn it back.
Last month Mayor Boris Johnson teamed up with the London Wildlife Trust and the National Young Volunteers Service to encourage those who have had their privileges withdrawn to earn a second chance.
Mr Johnson said: "Young people who have caused problems on our buses and had their free travel taken away should be given the opportunity to earn it back in exchange for putting something positive back into their community.
"Rolling up their sleeves for a day on a conservation project could be an incredible experience for them."