Category Archive: CCTV

May 07

Driver safety boosted as cabs are fitted with CCTV

Around 40 cabs have been fitted with CCTV as part of a huge safety push for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers. This week Balal Shah of A1 Cars in Mill Street, Bedford, handed out the cameras to drivers working late shifts as protection is stepped up following the death of cabbie Mehar Dhariwal. Nintety …

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May 07

Two taxi drivers violently attacked and robbed in Grimsby

  TWO taxi drivers have been injured in robberies which police say are linked. Both of the drivers – a 55-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man suffered slash and stab injuries in the violent assaults in Grimsby in the early hours of yesterday. Today, Detective Inspector Kevin Foster, of Humberside Police, who is leading the …

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May 04

CCTV in Hull taxis to cut fake whiplash claims

TAXI firm owner has been told to install cameras in all of his cars to cut down on fraudulent whiplash claims. Andrew Tindall, who owns Belmont Taxis and fleet hire company Hull Cab Hire, was told by his insurance company to fit high-definition CCTV in his 95-strong fleet. His company paid out £40,000 in personal …

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Apr 24

World going mad as Oxford Council are ordered to justify taxi CCTV plan

OXFORD City Council has been told to justify its plan for recording conversations in taxis in a move that may take the controversial scheme closer to being ruled a breach of privacy. The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a preliminary enforcement notice on the council over its plans to make all Hackney cabs and private …

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Apr 16

Edinburgh: CCTV proposal to protect cab drivers from attacks

CCTV cameras would be introduced in black cabs across the Capital under plans being put forward by an organisation representing thousands of city taxi drivers. The Edinburgh Licensed Taxi Partnership (ELTP) believes the introduction of cameras would cut down incidents ranging from disputes over fares to verbal or physical abuse against drivers. It plans to …

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Apr 03

Taxi spy-cams under review in Southampton

Taxi spy-cams under review A REVIEW of compulsory spy cameras in taxis has been launched by councillors after a judge said the policy was “not lawful” but ruled he couldn’t overturn it. Taxi boss Kevin May launched a legal challenge after the council three years ago brought in conditions requiring cameras to be fitted to …

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Apr 02

Brakes put on city taxi CCTV scheme

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to put CCTV in all of Oxford’s taxis has been put on hold over privacy fears. Yesterday was the start date for a programme of putting CCTV to record images and audio in the city’s taxis by 2015. But Oxford City Council has put it on hold while the Information Commissioner’s Office …

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Mar 31

New opposition to Oxford’s CCTV plans

Oxford West MP Nicola Blackwood has written to Oxford City Council urging them to suspend their scheme to install CCTV cameras in all new taxis from April 1st. She has also written to Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) seeking an update on their investigation into Oxford City Council’s decision. In November 2011, Southampton Crown Court ruled …

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Mar 23

CCTV campaigner is barred from meeting

A MAN who has dedicated his life to fighting Big Brother officialdom was barred from a meeting by city council chiefs. Nick Pickles travelled from London on Wednesday specially for a meeting where cabbies and city council licensing officials were to discuss controversial CCTV plans for taxis. But he was turned away because the meeting …

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Mar 14

Herefordshire taxis to fit CCTV within three years

Taxi drivers in Herefordshire could be required to fit CCTV to improve safety for passengers and drivers. Herefordshire Council said it was looking at phasing in the requirement over the next three years. John Jones, chairman of Hereford’s High Town Taxi Group, said he was in favour of the proposal, and vehicles already had cameras …

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