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  • "As usual when a taxi story appears some of the comments are so far wide of the mark its laughable.
    OK, a few FACTS.

    Cameras have been forced on us. They cost the better part of £1000 to have installed.
    We have no choice over which system we have installed, we are told by the council.
    Virtually ALL taxis/private hire vehicles are also used as family/private cars when not being worked.
    Drivers cannot control the camera in any way, so it is filming all the while the car is being driven. How many of the holier than thou on here would be happy to have their private and family business filmed against their wish?
    Drivers have no access to the data stored on the hard drive, a breach of the data protection act.

    I'm more than happy to have one when I'm working, I enjoy the protection it gives me.
    However I do object to not being able to turn it off when not working, and not having any choice, and thus some buying power, in the unit I choose to purchase."
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Drivers’ demo over taxi cameras in Southampton

A taxi CCTV camera

A taxi CCTV camera

First published in Politics

TAXI drivers angry at being forced to have “big brother” cameras in their cars that record footage and conversations were due to stage a demo today.

The drivers are set to circle the Civic Centre in Southampton at about 11am for half an hour.

The action comes after the city council vowed to appeal a court ruling in favour of taxi boss Keith May.

A district judge agreed that the CCTV, a compulsory licensing requirement, breaches the human right to privacy.

Trade union Unite’s cab section today backed the cabbies but condemned the council’s decision to appeal.

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