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Sheffield councillor defends taxi CCTV stance

Sheffield councillor defends taxi CCTV stance

Sheffield City Council has said that CCTV systems in taxis must be mandatory, despite opposition from a cab union.

Councillor John Robson said the local authority had decided in principle to ensure that all taxis have CCTV after a series of serious incidents, which included a driver losing the sight in one of his eyes after being attacked.

Peter Davies, GMB union regional officer, said it is the council's attitude that is problematic to the city's taxi drivers.

"GMB encourage the use of CCTV, but the council are forcing a mandatory policy through that will result in a £500 system without any consultation with the drivers," he said.

However, Mr Robson defended the stance, stating that before a 2007 trial run of CCTV in taxis, offences and damage were seen in one out of seven fares, while the cameras reduced this rate to less than one in 100.

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