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CCTV: YOUR SECURITY


BOLTON CABBIES CALL FOR CCTV AFTER RECENT INCREASE IN DRIVER ATTACKS


Cabbies in Bolton are growing more worried over the number of attacks they are facing behind the wheel and are calling for more action to be taken to protect them. According to the Bolton News, on Thursday, April 8 at around 8.30pm, a taxi was being driven on Marsey Road in Breightmet when a passenger assaulted him, leading the vehicle to crash into a tree. Two men then stole cash before leaving the taxi driver, who was taken to hospital. Then, in the early hours of Saturday, April 10 at around 3.30am on Bar Lane in Astley Bridge, a driver was strangled by a man before two others arrived and the victim was punched in the face and kicked in the ribs.


And at the junction of Colchester Ave and Lydgate Ave in Breightmet at around 1.20pm on 2 April, a motorbike pulled up to a taxi and the rider smashed a window with a baseball bat.


The Bolton PH Association say they have asked the council for CCTV to be fitted in their vehicles for years to pro- tect themselves as well as passengers. A spokesman said: “We have been ask- ing the council for CCTV to be put in our vehicles for quite a long time. A lot of the time when we have reported incidents we have been told there is not enough evidence. “We are like sitting ducks and it feels like nothing is being done. These attacks are happening more and more. “The CCTV would not only make drivers safe, it would make passengers feel safe and help the police with cases. “At the end of the day we are doing a job and getting people from A to B. It is terrible and frightening for someone to have go through what these drivers have been through. “We often get children throwing bricks and stones at us as well.” In response to the call for CCTV to be


CCTV CAMERAS COULD BE MANDATORY IN COVENTRY TAXIS AND PHVS


CCTV cameras could be made manda- tory in Coventry taxis and PHVs. The Coventry Telegraph reports that stricter new rules are being considered by Coventry City Council with council- lors told CCTV cameras could “provide a safer environment” for drivers and passengers. It is one of a string of changes under consideration for the council’s State- ment of Licensing Policy to reflect updated standards published by the government last July. Other changes include: more routine DBS checks for drivers, faster notifica- tion of offences, an arrest or charge, and new cross-boundary enforcement action. Plans were outlined at a recent council meeting where a 12-week consultation was agreed.


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Sarah Elliott, head of fleet and waste management, said all councils within the West Midlands Combined Authority have agreed to most of the changes in principle. “The board has agreed in principle to adopt the standards pro- posed in the DfT report as a minimum in their taxi and licensing processes to ensure that maximum consistency across our region,” she told the meet- ing on Wednesday, April 14. “The only exception to this is the mandatory requirement for CCTV which will be decided locally following individual consultation.” Cabinet member for city services, Cllr Pat Hetherton, added: “At all times it is about the safety of everyone involved, the taxi drivers and their personal safe- ty, but also passengers in the vehicles.”


fitted in taxis, a Bolton Council spokesman said: “Bolton Council is working with Transport for Greater Manchester and the other boroughs in the city region to agree minimum licensing standards for hackney car- riages and private hire vehicles. “Plans were put to public consultation last year, among the suggestions was that all vehicles be fitted with CCTV. “These would be funded by individual licence holders.” NPHTA comment: the consultation has ended and the results have not yet been published. NPHTA has been informed in ongoing meetings with TfGM that there are no plans to intoducer CCTV for at least a year if not longer.


CCTV IN CRAVEN PUT ON HOLD


Taxi and PHV drivers in Craven have been given a reprieve over the compul- sory fitting of CCTV cameras. The Craven Herald reports that PHVs and taxis were expected to pay around £500 to have CCTV cameras fitted by April, for the protection of both drivers and passengers. But, councillors have now decided to shelve the plans until September when they will revisit the new policy and make a fresh decision based on whether the economy is recovering. At a meeting of Craven District Council’s Licensing Committee on 6 April, John Pickering of the Craven Taxi Association said drivers had been hit hard by the pandemic and asked for the compulsory CCTV to be delayed for two years. But Committee Chairman, Simon Myers, agreed with a six month delay after which the implementation date of cameras would be reviewed. “September will be a good time to revisit this, and if we have had more lockdowns, we will look at it again,” he said.


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