Oxford set to scrap plan to put CCTV in taxis » National Taxi Association

OXFORD’S licensing bosses are set to shelve plans to install CCTV in cabs, admitting it would be against the law. Following a ruling against a similar scheme proposed in Southampton, Oxford City Council is proposing to agree not to implement the plans “at the current time” or carry out any further consultation. In a report, put to the committee tomorrow, officers state that “until such time as the law in this area changes or public safety issues significantly worsen, it is likely Oxford’s scheme would be found to be similarly unlawful if implemented”. In 2011 the council announced it was hoping to make audio-visual recording compulsory in the 681 licensed taxis and private hire vehicles by 2015. While this was supported by many drivers and the City of Oxford Taxi Cab Association (Colta) it was met with a barrage of criticism, including from privacy campaigners. The council...

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