Decision date set for CCTV in Rotherham taxis

Stock pic Rotherham - Rotherham Town Centre.
Stock pic Rotherham - Rotherham Town Centre.
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Rotherham council will decide whether or not to make taxis in the town install CCTV cameras on June 29.

The proposal has sparked an angry response from black cab drivers in Rotherham saying that ‘costs’ and an ‘invasion of privacy’ will be a problem.

A letter representing 52 Hackney cab drivers said the changes could ‘put a lot of drivers out of jobs.’

The victims and families of child sexual exploitation are calling for 800 taxis in the town to have CCTV installed with microphones will be a positive way of tackling the problem after the Jay report revealed a ‘prominent role’ of drivers in the grooming scandal.

The Commissioner and the Licencing Committee met yesterday to discuss the proposals and will announce their decision in two weeks.