North Yorkshire Taxi CCTV Update
Plans to install CCTV cameras in North Yorkshire taxis to undergo public consultation.
18:08 12 November 2019
Taxis and private hire vehicles in North Yorkshire could soon be installed with CCTV cameras if the public agrees with the plan. Taxi traders and other organisations would also be consulted before the council will make a final decision. Under the proposals, cameras would record footage covering the front of the vehicle and the passenger area. However, no sound recordings would be made.
Licensing Manager at Craven District Council, Tim Chadwick, said: “We believe that having CCTV in all licensed vehicles will enable the prevention and detection of crime and promote a safer experience for both licensed drivers and the travelling public.
“Drivers of licensed vehicles are placed in a position of trust to carry, sometimes unaccompanied, and vulnerable individuals within our society.
“The council also recognises the vulnerable position that drivers of licensed vehicles place themselves in on a daily basis; they can be subject to verbal and physical abuse, robberies and false allegations. Furthermore, the drivers play a pivotal role in dispersing members of the public who make use of the night time economy.
“We would like to hear from members of the public and the taxi trade, as well as partners and stakeholders, to get a wide range of responses to this proposal.”