A trial involving the use of security cameras in taxis is under way in Geraldton.
Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Ljiljanna Ravlich said the $75,000 trial was aimed at enhancing driver and passenger security and safety in the Mid-West taxi industry.
Ms Ravlich said in the Perth metropolitan area taxis were required under current regulations to be fitted with security cameras. This was not compulsory in country areas of Western Australia.
“However, a key recommendation of a report on the review of the Operation and Regulatory Structure of the Taxi Industry in Regional WA proposes that as a condition of tender, all new taxis in regional areas of WA should be fitted with security cameras,” the Minister said.
“The trial involving 24 taxis will commence at the end of January and will run for six months.
“When the trial finishes, the findings will be fully evaluated before any final decision is made on whether or not to make the installation of security cameras in taxis compulsory in regional WA.
“This trial reinforces the State Governments commitment to providing better taxi services for all Western Australians.”
Taxi drivers will be able to download images from their cameras at the Geraldton police station.
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