The Department for Transport is proposing that taxis should have a compulsory CCTV camera installed inside to increase the passengers’ and drivers’ safety.

There are a lot of incidents in which taxi drivers have put the passengers in an uncomfortable position.

Georgia Turner, who studies Fashion Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University, has had a bad experience in a taxi.

“We were locked inside the taxi outside the club for probably about five minutes.”
Georgia Turner, Fashion Communication and Promotion student.

She and her friends ordered a taxi to the club, and when they tried to pay the driver the fare using coins, he locked the door and demanded to be paid in notes. She said “we were locked inside the taxi outside the club for probably about five minutes.”

The driver took no further action but Georgia thinks that having CCTV inside taxis could really help passengers. “We would be able to report it and be able to prove that we were trying to pay and he wouldn’t accept our payment” she added.

Taxi in the City centre at night.

Abuse inside taxis does not only affect its customers, as drivers are also subjected to abuse that they currently cannot prove or report. Many are often subjected to hate crimes, verbal abuse as well as racial abuse.

Azeem Hanif, who is the Chairman of Private Hire Drivers United Nottingham, says that it is encouraging to see that the Government is taking a good safety position.

“Although the public need to be safe, drivers need to be safe as well.”
Azeem Hanif, Chairman of Private Hire Drivers United Nottingham.

Azeem Hanif says that this would ensure that both the public and drivers are safe.  He says that “people can be a challenge to deal with, and although the public need to be safe, drivers need to be safe as well.”

Nottingham City Council is one of a few licensing authorities in the UK that already encourages taxis to install CCTV. The ones that do, have a large CitySafe Cab stickers in their windows.

“It also protects the driver from false allegations.”
John Davis, Nottingham City Council’s Taxi Licensing Manager.

John Davis, who is the Nottingham City Council’s Taxi Licensing Manager, says “we recommend to them that they have CCTV fitted, because as well as protecting the customer, it also protects the driver from false allegations.”

The Department for Transport’s proposal is currently out for a consultation, and it is not yet known whether it will be put into practice.