A reader has brought to the attention of streetdogs.blog the word on the street, an issue concerning their being in a taxi, where the driver had a CCTV camera facing into the interior of the taxi, taking in a full view of the driver and his passengers. Now the reader states that they were surprised by this, as they had never seen themselves being on video in a taxi before, or been aware of any taxi driver having internal video cameras operating in any other taxi.
Streetdogs.blog the word on the street, have inquired about this subject with both some members of the public and several taxi drivers and surprisingly the driver referred to by our reader, is not unique, in that many taxis do actually have internal facing cameras, some covert and some overt! Apparently, it is not a problem if there are notices on the taxi in clear view stating that CCTV is operating in the taxi.
streetdogs.blog the word on the street would welcome readers comments on this subject, have you been in a taxi where you were aware that internal CCTV, was operating in the taxi? How did you feel about your experience? Do you think taxi drivers should be allowed to or not allowed to operate internal CCTV cameras in their taxis? As a taxi driver, do you feel this is a question concerning your safety and security?
Apparently, at one stage the then Taxi Regulator proposed making it mandatory, as a matter of passenger safety, for all taxis to be fitted with an internal viewing CCTV, of a standard type relayed to a central monitoring station, but for some reason, this was never followed through on, by the then Taxi Regulator!