Rotherham taxis could be fitted with CCTV in wake of grooming scandal

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Taxis in Rotherham could be fitted with CCTV systems as part of tougher regulations imposed by the local Council following the infamous grooming scandal that shocked the UK, a recent news report in the local media has been able to find.

The Council has launched a new four-week consultation on plans to make a series of changes to its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy, with one of the main ideas being to require CCTV systems to be fitted in all of Rotherham’s 800 taxis.

Commissioner Mary Ney, who is responsible for licensing for Rotherham Borough Council, said: “At the heart of the new policy lies a commitment to the protection of the public, the safeguarding of children and the vulnerable, and the prevention of crime and disorder. It seeks to set a standard that is among the highest in the country with the intention of both protecting the public and rebuilding confidence in the taxi trade following the Jay and Casey Reports. The policy will make it extremely difficult for disreputable individuals to operate within the Rotherham licensed trade.”

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