Craven District Council to make CCTV in taxis mandatory
Councilors have now set a deadline by which all taxi and private rental drivers in the neighborhood must have video surveillance installed inside their vehicles.
The policy was first approved in 2018, but its formal implementation has been delayed following consultations with licensed trade and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
All new vehicles are already required to meet this requirement since January 2021.
Last night, the Council’s licensing committee decided to impose taxi cameras in all vehicles from January 1, 2022.
This follows the opinion of the Ministry of Transport that video surveillance increases public safety.
Cllr Simon Myers, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “Craven is the first North Yorkshire council to make cameras inside taxis mandatory.
“Taxi cameras should provide additional deterrence to prevent risks to passengers and drivers, and they can also add investigative value when the board or the police are required to investigate incidents or complaints against them. drivers or passengers.
“The use of taxi cameras will provide a safer environment for the benefit of drivers and the public.”
Installation costs are to be paid by the vehicle owner and are estimated to be between £ 450-630.
It was agreed that a hardship program would be launched to help drivers who cannot afford to buy them immediately and allow them to request an installation delay.
Councilors also agreed to change its policy on taxis to comply with new statutory standards on taxis and private rental vehicles, where this is not currently the case.
Hackney’s transport and private hire board policy adopted in 2018 already met the majority of recommendations, but there are now new guidelines that increase the time that must pass after certain convictions before a driver can. be authorized by the Authority.
The new standards will also see new conditions for private rental operators, such as requiring operators to carry out checks and keep records on booking and shipping staff.
The councilors also agreed to adopt the use of the national registry of refusals and revocations of driving licenses for taxis and private rental vehicles. Currently, if drivers do not disclose information about a previous license revocation or refusal, the Council often has no way of knowing otherwise. This means that vital information about an applicant’s past behavior may be missed and a person may be able to obtain a license in another region despite revoking a previous license or denying an application. . The registry is developed and hosted by the National Anti-Fraud Network (NAFN).