Southend taxi drivers back calls for CCTV

First published in Echo News

TAXI drivers have voted in favour of installing CCTV in their cars to improve safety - but they don’t want to pay for it.

Two out of three cabbies in Southend backed the move during a survey conducted by Southend Council to gauge the popularity of the system.

Council chiefs believe cameras could help to protect drivers against attacks from customers, as well as guard against allegations of wrongdoing by the cabbies.

However, more than half of the cabbies surveyed objected to the systems becoming compulsory, and three out of four said they could not afford them.

Dave Clift, president of the Southend Taxi Drivers Association, said: “I have had a CCTV system for some time, and it is very effective.

“It can provide the evidence that is needed in a court case or police investigation, and that is a comfort to both drivers and customers.

“But I do not think it should be compulsory. It’s up to each driver to decide.”

Cameras in cabs have become increasingly popular in countries around the world as a way of protecting drivers and solving disputes.

The systems, which can also record sound, record high-quality footage of customers in the back of taxis, the drivers and the road ahead.

In the council survey, 94 cabbies out of 142 - or 66 per cent - said CCTV would make them feel safer.

However, just 44 believed it should be compulsory, and only 32 said they would pay for it themselves.

Tino Callaghan, 54, has been driving taxis in Southend for 30 years and became the first in the town to install a CCTV system 12 years ago.

He now supplies other cabbies with similar devices, which cost about £300.

He said: “Nearly every cab in places like Korea and Hong Kong have these now, and they are starting to catch on over here.

“They are well worth it for the peace of mind they can offer.”

Several councils around the UK have already introduced policies which requires taxi drivers to include CCTV in their vehicles as part of their licences.

However, a spokesman for Southend Council said there were no plans for compulsory installations at the moment.

He said: “It is not something which is being actively pursued at the moment.

“However, it not been ruled out for the future.”

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9:08am Mon 3 Dec 12

perini says...

So who is expected to pay for CCTV in THEIR cars? The council? - I don't think so - it's there for their protection so they can and should pay for it.
So who is expected to pay for CCTV in THEIR cars? The council? - I don't think so - it's there for their protection so they can and should pay for it. perini
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9:48am Mon 3 Dec 12

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

The cab companies should pay for the equipment and installation. It will benefit them in the long run as they can advertise their cabs as being safer than those without the cameras.
The cab companies should pay for the equipment and installation. It will benefit them in the long run as they can advertise their cabs as being safer than those without the cameras. Shoebury_Cyclist
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9:50am Mon 3 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

will it also record sound so they can be monitored for their bigoted, foul mouthed rants
will it also record sound so they can be monitored for their bigoted, foul mouthed rants Eric Whim
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10:02am Mon 3 Dec 12

howironic says...

I want CCTV in my home but can't afford it, can someone else pay for it for me please.
I want CCTV in my home but can't afford it, can someone else pay for it for me please. howironic
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10:42am Mon 3 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Late at night they might pick up some decent pictures of burglars, muggers etc. We often read requests for assistance from the police, these cameras could help provide information.
Surely some sort of deal could be done by all interested parties to share the cost.
Late at night they might pick up some decent pictures of burglars, muggers etc. We often read requests for assistance from the police, these cameras could help provide information. Surely some sort of deal could be done by all interested parties to share the cost. Nebs
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10:52am Mon 3 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world!

'They do not want to pay for it'

Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc)

Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS.
More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world! 'They do not want to pay for it' Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc) Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS. Brunning999
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10:58am Mon 3 Dec 12

gesso90 says...

It could be paid for by the owners of the cabs ,and in the event of information being required by a third party, it could be sold for an agreed fee,
It could be paid for by the owners of the cabs ,and in the event of information being required by a third party, it could be sold for an agreed fee, gesso90
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10:59am Mon 3 Dec 12

saddo99 says...

From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside!
From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside! saddo99
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12:26pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Brunning999 wrote:
More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world!

'They do not want to pay for it'

Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc)

Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS.
Seriously, move to Somalia. No government, no tax, everyone looks out for themselves. You'll love it.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world! 'They do not want to pay for it' Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc) Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS.[/p][/quote]Seriously, move to Somalia. No government, no tax, everyone looks out for themselves. You'll love it. Shoebury_Cyclist
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12:34pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Antonius says...

howironic wrote:
I want CCTV in my home but can't afford it, can someone else pay for it for me please.
Oooo, me too pleeeeeezzzz
[quote][p][bold]howironic[/bold] wrote: I want CCTV in my home but can't afford it, can someone else pay for it for me please.[/p][/quote]Oooo, me too pleeeeeezzzz Antonius
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12:53pm Mon 3 Dec 12

southlondonshrimper says...

They can pay for it themselves. Let any cab with CCTV fitted advertise it on their roof, and people can choose to get in one with CCTV or one without. As those without are shunned you watch them get out there to buy the CCTV.
They can pay for it themselves. Let any cab with CCTV fitted advertise it on their roof, and people can choose to get in one with CCTV or one without. As those without are shunned you watch them get out there to buy the CCTV. southlondonshrimper
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12:56pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Alekhine says...

A Japanese man who went to London sightseeing.
On the final day of his holiday, he called a cab to the airport.
During the journey, a Nissan drove past the cab. Thereupon, the man leaned forward excitedly and shouted, "Nissan, very fast! Made in Japan!"
After a while, a Toyota zoomed past the cab. Again, the Japanese man leaned out of the window and shouted, " Toyota, very fast! Made in Japan!"
And then a Mitsubishi sped past the cab. For the third time, the the man leaned forward excitedly and shouted, ", Mitsubishi! Made in Japan!"
The driver was a little irritated, but he kept quiet... this went on for quite some time. Finally, the cab arrived at the airport.
The fare was £150... The Japanese man exclaimed, "Wah?... so expensive!"
The driver replied, "Meter, very fast! Made in Japan!"
A Japanese man who went to London sightseeing. On the final day of his holiday, he called a cab to the airport. During the journey, a Nissan drove past the cab. Thereupon, the man leaned forward excitedly and shouted, "Nissan, very fast! Made in Japan!" After a while, a Toyota zoomed past the cab. Again, the Japanese man leaned out of the window and shouted, " Toyota, very fast! Made in Japan!" And then a Mitsubishi sped past the cab. For the third time, the the man leaned forward excitedly and shouted, ", Mitsubishi! Made in Japan!" The driver was a little irritated, but he kept quiet... this went on for quite some time. Finally, the cab arrived at the airport. The fare was £150... The Japanese man exclaimed, "Wah?... so expensive!" The driver replied, "Meter, very fast! Made in Japan!" Alekhine
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4:14pm Mon 3 Dec 12

GentleGiant says...

saddo99 wrote:
From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside!
You are already filmed many times a day already.

No difference here.

However the cab owners should pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]saddo99[/bold] wrote: From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside![/p][/quote]You are already filmed many times a day already. No difference here. However the cab owners should pay for it. GentleGiant
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5:12pm Mon 3 Dec 12

saddo99 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
saddo99 wrote: From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside!
You are already filmed many times a day already. No difference here. However the cab owners should pay for it.
Yeah, but I don't mind. He who has nothing to hide has nothing to fear!
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saddo99[/bold] wrote: From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside![/p][/quote]You are already filmed many times a day already. No difference here. However the cab owners should pay for it.[/p][/quote]Yeah, but I don't mind. He who has nothing to hide has nothing to fear! saddo99
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5:51pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Olivia2847 says...

It's called the camera car!
It's called the camera car! Olivia2847
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6:36pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

saddo99 wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:
saddo99 wrote: From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside!
You are already filmed many times a day already. No difference here. However the cab owners should pay for it.
Yeah, but I don't mind. He who has nothing to hide has nothing to fear!
That's what people in Germany said in the 1930s.
[quote][p][bold]saddo99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saddo99[/bold] wrote: From a personal point of view I would walk 100 miles barefoot before I,d call a taxi. But I can see the benefit of having footage should something go wrong. Would anyone want to be filmed 24 hours a day? Big Brother contestants aside![/p][/quote]You are already filmed many times a day already. No difference here. However the cab owners should pay for it.[/p][/quote]Yeah, but I don't mind. He who has nothing to hide has nothing to fear![/p][/quote]That's what people in Germany said in the 1930s. Shoebury_Cyclist
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6:44pm Mon 3 Dec 12

sosad 1 says...

Brunning999 wrote:
More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world!

'They do not want to pay for it'

Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc)

Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS.
brunning stop it youre winning me over cab drivers are lazy scum
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: More brainwashed thinking by the all encompassing socialist world! 'They do not want to pay for it' Well if they wait a couple more years my three sons will help contribute after they have paid for every other parasitic Chav family in the area first, then provide homes for the homeless Eastern Europeans, then better living conditions for murderers and rapists in prison, then provide more hostels for all the drunks and druggies after we have paid for all the provided drug substitutes (that allegedly is the only thing stopping them from robbing us etc) Please spare us WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS MINORITY PARASITIC CHAV SHYTS.[/p][/quote]brunning stop it youre winning me over cab drivers are lazy scum sosad 1
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