CCTV in taxis

This consultation is now closed

Start date: 5 October 2021

Closing date: 18 November 2021

Areas Affected

  • Lichfield District wide

We are consulting on whether the installation of CCTV systems within taxis should be mandatory or voluntary. 

The current taxi policy allows drivers and operators to install CCTV on a voluntary basis. The consultation is taking place between 1 October and 12 November and asks whether we should require all taxi and private hire vehicles to install CCTV.

The purpose of a taxi and private hire vehicle CCTV system should be to provide a safer environment for the benefit of the driver and passengers by:

  • Deterring and preventing the occurrence of crime;
  • Reducing the fear of crime;
  • Assisting the Police in investigating incidents of crime;
  • Assisting insurance companies in investigating motor vehicle accidents.

The CCTV system would be required to be of a high standard so images to be used in any legal requirements. These systems would likely cost between £500-£1,000.  

The use of cameras would comply with data protection laws and CCTV codes of practice. All licensed vehicles fitted with cameras would be required to have clear signage so that users are made aware of the cameras.

In order to require mandatory CCTV in taxis we, as the licensing authority, would need to be able to demonstrate that this is a proportionate response to local issues and can be justified. As part of this we would really like to hear your views. The consultation can be completed online and should take around 10 minutes to complete.

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