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Aberdeen to discuss CCTV in taxis

Aberdeen to discuss CCTV in taxis

Aberdeen could become the latest city in the UK to install CCTV systems across its taxi fleets.

The Evening Express reports that plans to install the small cameras in the vehicles will be discussed by Aberdeen City Council's licensing committee at some point in the next few months.

Yesterday (April 10th), convener of the city's licensing committee Fraser Forsyth said that the idea to have CCTV in cabs had originally been discussed at a previous taxi consultation meeting and it required further examination. 

In February this year, the BBC reported that Sheffield was set to become the first city in England to make CCTV compulsory in taxis.

Chairman of Sheffield Council's licensing committee councillor John Robson said a mandatory policy was "definitely needed" and results of a trial which was conducted in 2007 were "overwhelmingly amazing".

He added that during the trial crime figures dropped to less than one in 100 fares, while without CCTV it is one in seven.

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