Derby Council Consider CCTV for Cabs
The mandatory fitting of CCTV cameras in Derby taxis is being considered by the local council.
11:12 10 November 2021
A local council is considering the mandatory fitting of CCTV cameras in taxis in Derby - a proposal that is meeting resistance from drivers themselves.
The cameras are expected to improve safety for both drivers and passengers but some drivers are unwilling to spend £500 on the scheme. Driver Maddy Ahmed said that due to the hefty price, the decision to install CCTV in one's taxi should be left to individual choice.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service said that CCTV could help in deterring and preventing the occurrence of crime as well as assist the police in investigating incidents of crime and insurance companies in investigating motor vehicle accidents.
It also stated: "Any CCTV system would be required to be of a high specification so that images were clear enough for use in any litigious (legal or court) purpose.
"There is an approximate cost to vehicles owners of approximately £500."
Meanwhile, Mr Ahmed from local firm PJ Cars said: "I think it is a brilliant idea for the driver's safety and the passengers' safety. I think it should go ahead.
"There's so many situations where this problem with the customer and the driver and it goes further with the police. CCTV can save one another - you can see whose fault it is, it's all there.
"The cost is concerning, and drivers are struggling with the fuel crisis at the moment. This on top would be a bit of a burden but I think it should be a choice for the driver."