New CCTV System for Warrington Taxis
Warrington Borough Council approves £311,000 budget to install a new CCTV system in the town’s taxis.
07:03 03 March 2020
Warrington Borough Council will install a new CCTV system to more than 600 taxis in town. Each unit costs £519, bringing the overall cost to £311,400.
Cabbies have been required to install CCTV cameras into their taxis since June 2016 for the safety of both drivers and passengers. Following concerns with some labelling the system as intrusive, the council and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) allowed the drivers to temporarily deactivate the CCTV when their vehicle was in personal use.
Council chief executive Steven Broomhead has commented on the matter.
He said: “Warrington taxis are being fitted with the latest CCTV systems, demonstrating our commitment to delivering the highest standards of safeguarding and data protection for both drivers and passengers.
“Taxis are part of our transport system and just like buses and trains, which also have CCTV, it’s vital that all steps are taken for public protection.
“Replacement systems will be completed soon and we are grateful for the continuing co-operation of responsible operators in helping us to achieve this.
“In making these decisions we held extensive discussions with the taxi trade and the ICO.”