CCTV move to make city taxis safer

A CCTV scheme for Glasgow taxis is expected to be approved next month to target problems from fare disputes to physical assaults.

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A new policy on CCTV in taxis and private hire cars has been prepared and issued to trade representatives, Police Scotland and Scotland's Information Commissioner.

Glasgow City Council tried to introduce CCTV in taxis in 2009 but withdrew the idea after the Information Commissioner recommended not taking it forward. There had been concerns of potential legal action due to infringement of civil liberties.

The Information Commissioner's Office has now been sent the new draft policy to consider.

A note to councillors by the authority's head of

licensing acknowledges that CCTV in taxis "is

potentially more invasive than some other forms of CCTV".

And it states it is essential any policy "promotes the principles set out in the Data Protection Act".

It adds: "The draft policy sets out a voluntary scheme and will not impose a mandatory requirement on licence holders to install CCTV. The primary focus is on ensuring that passenger safety is not compromised by the

installation of the CCTV system."

The cameras, three in each ­vehicle, would cost each driver around £400.

Stephen Flynn, vice-chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: "We are pleased the policy is close to fruition. The sooner it can be implemented, the better."

A city council spokesman said: "A report will go before committee shortly where a decision will be taken."

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