Taxi cameras being mulled in Thailand

Taxi cameras being mulled in Thailand

All taxis may need to be equip-ped with closed-circuit cameras for the safety of passengers and to prevent drivers from rejecting passengers, Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said.

The camera would be used like an aircraft's flight-recorder when crimes or other incidents take place inside a cab, he said. "The footage in the cameras could be used as evidence to prove allegations against taxi drivers, like the 'blackbox' in a plane."

In addition, the equipment would help discourage the driver from refusing to pick up passengers. Many potential passengers had complained about being turned down by taxi drivers who claimed they were about to beat the deadline to return their rented cabs, or they did not know the destination.

Chadchart said if the measure proved effective, all vehicles in future may be required by law to have the equipment to monitor and protect passengers.

Land Transport Department deputy director-general Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket said new regulations to take legal action against cab drivers who refuse to carry passengers are expected to be announced within three months. The maximum penalty would be the revoking of the taxi licence of that cab or it would not be renewed. In such a case, the taxi will no longer be able to ply the streets.

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