CCTV cameras to become mandatory for all Rotherham taxi drivers

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All taxis in Rotherham will be fitted with CCTV cameras as part of an effort to improve both passengers’ and driver’s security, as well as rebuild trust in the town’s taxi industry, a recent news report in the local media has revealed.

The system will record video footage from inside the vehicle, and in some cases outside the vehicle, whenever the vehicle is being used as a taxi. Whenever an unaccompanied child or vulnerable adult is being carried in the vehicle, audio recording must be activated by the driver, but both the driver and the passenger can also activate the audio recording at any time.

Only people authorised by the council can access any recorded footage – and drivers will be unable to access footage.

The council will only download the footage in certain circumstances, such as if there is a complaint or incident involving a taxi, or if the council wants to check that the system is being used properly.

Council commissioner Mary Ney said the council believed the cameras would “provide protection, confidence and reassurance to the public when they are travelling in a taxi”.

She added: “The system also provides protection to taxi drivers who can experience abusive behaviour.

“The new camera rules are just one part of the policy which has been introduced to support drivers to do their job, by rebuilding trust and confidence.

“All drivers have known about the requirement for taxi cameras since last summer.”

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