Oxford Taxis on TV


December 8, 2011

By 2015, all hackney taxis and private hire taxis in Oxford will have to be fitted with at least one CCTV camera.

The move follows an increase in complaints ranging from overcharging and sexual assault to theft and attacks on cabbies by introducing a new requirement for all taxi drivers in the city.  The cameras will be programmed to record visual footage and sound from the minute the engine is turned on until 30 minutes after the ignition is turned off.

A Council spokeswoman confirmed that any footage recorded would only be accessible by officials and claimed the move will provide an added safeguard for drivers and members of the public.

The recordings will be kept on the hard-drive for 28 days before being permanently deleted and will only be viewed or listened to in the event of a police incident.

A spokeswoman commented: “Oxford City Council considers that so long as clear notices are provided in vehicles which inform passengers that video and audio recording may be taking place, the risk of intrusion is acceptable compared to the public safety benefits.”

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