Surveillance Camera Commissioner has published its response to the ‘Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing: protecting users’ consultation by the Department for Transport.
In the response, the Commissioner reminded LAs that they must have regard to its Code of Practice when making decisions on CCTV in licensed vehicles saying: “As relevant authorities under PoFA, local authorities must be made aware that if they do not pay due regard to the code this is admissible as evidence in court.”
It warned that “blanket licencing may be disproportionate and should only be used where there is a strong justification”. It warned in particular that the “recording of conversations is extremely intrusive and requires strong justification.”
The Commissioner also said: