Today’s formal launch of crime-busting CCTV cameras in taxis is “a hugely important step towards making travel safer for drivers and passengers”, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping firmly believes.
Welcoming the scheme outside The University of Nottingham’s Portland Building (Thursday 19 June), Mr Tipping said it was one of very few up and running in the UK, making Nottingham one of the leaders in the field.
“I am convinced that CCTV in cabs is the way forward,” he went on. “The ‘eye’ in the cab will be a strong deterrent to abusive behaviour and criminal activities, enabling law-abiding drivers and passengers in taxis to feel protected.”
Mr Tipping has contributed £95,000 towards the scheme with a view to protecting and providing reassurance to both passengers and drivers as part of a concerted drive against crimes such as assault and racist abuse.
Advocated by students and community groups within Nottingham Citizens, the scheme is administered by Nottingham City Council as part of their licensing arrangements. Taxi drivers pay £100 for the cameras which are fitted in the back and in the front of their cabs. They also have the option of paying an extra £20 for the audio element.
Mike Dore, Students’ Union Welfare Officer said - "This system will be a key step towards making a night out safer for Nottingham Students. We'll be sure people know to look out for the CitySafe logo and are delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner has delivered on the promise he made to us and Nottingham Citizens before his election.”
Phil Collinge, from the Nottingham Citizens Leadership Group said - "The Police and Crime Commissioner has honoured his word, given to us in front of 1,000 Nottingham Citizens just before the election, and delivered. This scheme will make Nottingham a safer city - it'll provide drivers with protection and passengers with appropriate assurances. It's a victory for ordinary communities who just want to get home safely, or show up for work without abuse. Look for that CitySafe mark!"
Sajid Mohammed, from Himmah - a Muslim social action group - said - "Drivers have had to put up with racist abuse for too long. It's time we put a stop to that behaviour and I'm delighted today we can celebrate an important first step."
Delighted that the operation is now underway, taxi driver Mohammad Zubair commented: “It will make a huge difference to confidence in my colleagues and in our passengers. Cabs with CCTV installed will display large CitySafe Cab stickers in their windows, giving passengers an informed choice as to which car they pick.”
Commissioner Tipping added: “I know from talking with residents in Nottingham that safer travel is a high priority for many, and that’s why I have made it one of my Police and Crime Plan objectives. Safer cabs is an important part of that.”
The pilot scheme was put out to tender by the City Council following a request by the Commissioner’s Office and Nottingham Licensed Taxi Owners and Drivers Association. The contract was awarded to Exeros Technologies, a company that installs camera systems on fleet vehicles around the world.
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Posted on Thursday 19th June 2014