CCTV in Taxis Consultation

We are proposing to add CCTV to all licensed taxis in Kirklees, and we want you to help us come to a decision.

Taxis under CCTV proposal

The aim of the plan is to keep passengers and drivers safe. CCTV will help reduce and prevent crime and the fear of crime. It will also help with the investigation of crime and assisting insurance companies with claims.

Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield and York will also be consulting with residents who live in their areas. If the decision goes ahead, then the aim would be to introduce the ruling across all regions at the same time.

Who can see the CCTV recordings?

We are aware that some people are concerned about their data and who would have access to any recordings. If the proposal is adopted, the only people who will be able to access the encrypted footage are:

  • The police: after a crime has been reported.
  • Licensing authority: when the only way to resolve a complaint is by view the footage by our cameras.
  • Social services/police: for the purposes of investigating something involving a licensed vehicle or driver.
  • Subject of recording: when someone in the recording asks for a copy under the data protection act.

Any downloads that are requested would only cover the period when the incident was reported to have happened.

We are also considering whether to allow vehicles with manufacturer fitted tinted windows to be used as licensed private hire or hackney carriage vehicles. Installing CCTV would remove the reason for banning them in the first place.

Get involved:

Full details of the proposal can be online, on the Kirklees Council website.

Comments on the proposals should be sent to: licensing@kirklees.gov.uk

You can also post a comment to: Mrs C Walter, Licensing Manager, Flint Street Depot, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG.

10 comments

  • CCTV in taxis is a good idea. Given the risks that drivers constantly face, and also the occasional risks faced by some vulnerable passengers, then it gives potentially more safety. However, if the CCTV is simply a small internal device with storage on board, then it might not be adding as much as we’d like. So, CCTV but streamed to a host on the web would make sense.

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  • Yes I think CCTV would be beneficial for the security of drivers and to a lesser extent for passengers. Who would pay for the CCTV equipment? and could the money be spent better in other areas?

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  • Yes I think cctv in cabs is a great idea. It gives protection and security for both passenger and driver and would therefore be extremely beneficial.

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  • Christopher Hartley

    It sounds like a good idea, but a good system that can be used will be expensive. You know how these system always go wrong when they are needed….

    Especially when the drivers own the car – they will not be working when they are the cause of an incident… Unless an expensive system to enable ‘remote checking’ ie. wifi connected at taxi ranks to enable checking of the system.

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  • I think it’s a great idea as it protects both customers and passengers and incidents such as abuse or unwanted advances can be clearly proven as it happens with some customers blaming innocent drivers and some drivers taking advantage of certain situations and some people suffer unnecessarily and it would also be a detterent against violence and theft against drivers , I certainly agree it should be a must

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  • Who will pay, is the question. Will it be, once again, the Taxi driver who has to pay for someone else’s bright idea, or will the council pay 50% towards the cost of equipment? Installation of same. Running costs of sending, and storing, information to the Cloud. Removal and re-installation of said equipment into a new vehicle when necessary. Replacement where faulty or worn out. Plus sundry costs arising from said equipment and it’s installation, removal. Or will the council raise the Taxi meter tarriff so that the public has to pay, making metered Taxi fares even more expensive than their private hire counterparts. Is the private hire industry to also be fitted with this technology and, if so, who will pay for their costs. If not to be fitted, why not?

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  • Quite simply it’s a winner all round for the safety of passengers and drivers.

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  • I quite agree with the consensus that the fitting of CCTV will improve the safety of both drivers and passengers. However I have two concerns. 1/. as stated above – who will pay.? 2/. What about the Private Hire side of this business? Are they also to be installing this equipment. They have far less checks made on them and their industry. Professional Hackney Carriages, which can be hailed if their light is showing, have far more stringent rules and regulations governing their industry.

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  • I’m not sure how this will help. Kirklees is a good area with the least trouble some taxi journeys compared with bigger cities. I agree CCTV in taxis is a very good idea as it helps both the driver and passengers, however, what is being proposed is a very expensive system when there are cheaper options available that do the same thing. I’m not sure if people are aware but their is a voluntary CCTV scheme already in place by licensing and many taxis have CCTV installed. But if this policy goes ahead not only will it be mandatory but also make the CCTV systems already installed which where offered by licensing obsolete. An added cost for what? It should remain voluntary until such a time where it is deemed necessary.

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  • Factory fitted tints on licensed vehicles should remain and not be asked to be changed as they meet the national standards set by the government. Having factory fitted tints does not cause health and safety issues as long as they meet the national requirements people inside are still visible. Plus having tints or not having tints does not make the vehicle any safer. Licencing should allow tints on licensed vehicles regardless of having CCTV in vehicles.

    Also, are we saying that the current DBS system is not enough that we need CCTV in licensed vehicles. CCTV’s are a good idea, but they should be voluntary and not mandatory. Especially as Kirklees does not have the same problems other areas do. The cost of the system needs to be looked at as cheaper systems are available which do the same thing as what is being proposed. A simple system is required which can be activated within the vehicle and the recording encrypted.

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