CCTV in taxi and private hire vehicles consultation

Swindon Borough Council Licensing Committee are considering making it a mandatory requirement for all licensed vehicles to be fitted with CCTV.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and Town Police Clauses Act 1847 states that a licence must be obtained in order to drive a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle. Before deciding whether a licence can be granted, we must be satisfied that a driver is a ‘fit and proper’ person or, to be clearer, a ‘safe and suitable’ person.

The licensing authority is responsible for ensuring that their safeguarding role, including Child Sex Exploitation, is carried out adequately and effectively. The installation of CCTV in licensed vehicles can be both a deterrent and a source of evidence in cases of disputes between drivers and passengers.

If fitted correctly, CCTV can assist police and the licensing authority with their investigations. The CCTV would need to be recording at all times when the vehicle is being used as a licensed vehicle.

Any CCTV system required as part of the agreed policy would be subject to approval from the licensing authority. It  would also need to comply with data protection requirements including the Information Commissioner’s Office CCTV Code of Practice.

This consultation intends to collect the opinions of members of the public as well as the taxi trade. The results will be taken back to Licensing Committee for consideration.

You can make a comment using the online survey below:

CCTV in licensed vehicles online survey

A paper copy of these questions is available on request. All queries should be directed to: tlicence@swindon.gov.uk marking your subject as CCTV in taxis. You can also call us on 01793 466208.

The survey will close on Wednesday, 4 September 2019 at 5.00pm. All paper and online responses must be received by this time.
 

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