Licensing: Consultation/call for evidence re: CCTV in licensed taxis and private hire vehicles

Published: 21 December 2022

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Licensing Authority is currently consulting on the subject of CCTV in vehicles licensed for the purpose of hire and reward i.e. taxis and private hire vehicles.

The reason for this call for evidence is due to the Department for Transport (DfT) which published its Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards in July 2020 with a strong focus to protect all passengers and users of taxis and private hire transport services.

The statutory guidance makes it clear that the Government expects the recommendations contained within it to be implemented by a Licensing Authority, unless there is a compelling local reason not to.

The statutory guidance states that:

“All licensing authorities should consult to identify if there are local circumstances which indicate that the installation of CCTV in vehicles would have either a positive or an adverse net effect on the safety of taxi and private hire vehicle users, including children or vulnerable adults, and taking into account potential privacy issues."

In order to fulfil its obligations, East Cambridgeshire District Council is now inviting members of the trade, public and stakeholders to respond to this call for evidence. The deadline for comments is 3pm on the 13th March 2023.

Copies of the questionnaire for members of the public will be placed in all warm hubs in the district, Ely Library, and subject to their approval as many doctor surgeries as possible. An online version of this form is available at: Licensing Policies | East Cambridgeshire District Council (eastcambs.gov.uk).