Council offers reassurance over CCTV in taxis
Following concerns raised by a small number of taxi drivers around the quality of the installation of CCTV in their vehicles, Warrington Borough Council has moved to reassure drivers and the public that any issues will be investigated.
CCTV systems have been installed in Warrington taxis since last summer - to safeguard drivers and their passengers and reduce the fear of crime.
Professor Steven Broomhead, chief executive of Warrington Borough Council, said: “Warrington Borough Council has only received a small number of complaints and they are currently under investigation.
We have contacted the companies who are responsible for the systems that they have installed.
“The Council will carry out checks to ensure that any issues are resolved. We acknowledge the support of drivers in introducin CCTV and in protecting the public.”
Cllr Judith Guthrie stated that “The taxi hire trade valuable public service, especially late at night when other forms of public transport are not always available. Security for drivers and passengers is of a high priority. The cameras will act hopefully as a deterrent to prevent any crime happening and help those most vulnerable to feel safer.”
She further states:
“The council is also aware that the taxi and private hire sector is becoming increasingly-competitive following steps to deregulate the taxi licensing regime. It is in the best interests of the council and our local business to demonstrate that licensed operators in Warrington operate to the highest standards, providing a quality service in order that they can remain commercially competitive.”
Some of the town’s Taxi drivers have had their say on the move, which would also allow them to record sound if they choose. Eugene Kelly, the co-owner of 'Lymmited Taxis and Minibuses, said: “I think it is a great move and I am fully behind it. There are no cons to this. It is good news for drivers and passengers.
“Passengers who get in our cars that have the cameras also say they think it is a great idea and how much more comfortable they feel. It is especially good for lone women travelling . It will definitely make them feel more comfortable.”
Dave Brownlee of 'We Care Travel' says that the move has proved popular with customers as well.
He states “I’m very happy with the camera . I feel more confident and I know my customers do too. One lady who got in my cab last week liked the idea so much she said when she rings for a cab in future she will always ask for one that has a camera installed.”
He further states:
“I got my camera put in as soon as I heard about it even though my MOT is not due until the end of the year.”