15 May '15, 10am
CCTV could be fitted in every Rotherham taxi in wake of grooming scandal
Every taxi in Rotherham could be fitted with CCTV as part of tougher regulations following the town’s grooming scandal. Rotherham Council has launched a new four-week consultation on plans to make a series of changes to its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy. The shake-up comes after the Jay report revealed the ‘prominent role’ of Rotherham taxi drivers in the abuse of children, while the follow-up Casey inquiry said Rotherham Council needed to ‘get their house in order and regulate taxis effectively’ due to the ‘well-publicised link between taxis and child sexual exploitation in Rotherham that has cast a long shadow over the vast majority of law-abiding drivers’. One of the main ideas is to require CCTV systems to be fitted in all of Rotherham’s 800 taxis. Other proposals include child sexual exploitation awareness training for drivers, as well as ‘more rigorous sta...