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CCTV in Taxis

Requested on
Wed 28th March, 2012
Reference
FOI 1840
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to obtain details of CCTV systems as they relate to taxis and private hire vehicles in the area covered by your authority. In particular, I wish to know:

1.) Whether it is a mandatory condition of hackney carriage or private hire licenses issued by your authority for taxis to have CCTV with video and audio recording capability

2.) Whether it is allowed under either hackney carriage or private hire licenses issued for drivers to install CCTV with video and audio recording capability at their own choosing

3.) If permitted please provide any written guidance produced by your local authority on the handling of image and sound files

Answer

1.)    Whether it is a mandatory condition of hackney carriage or private hire licenses issued by your authority for taxis to have CCTV with video and audio recording capability

Not mandatory

2.)    Whether it is allowed under either hackney carriage or private hire licenses issued for drivers to install CCTV with video and audio recording capability at their own choosing

It would be allowed if installed and operated in accordance with the Information Commissioners code of practice

3.)    If permitted please provide any written guidance produced by your local authority on the handling of image and sound files

No specific guidance is issued, but the Information Commissioners code of practice would be referred to.

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