CCTV cameras in Dubai taxis soon?


By Dhanusha Gokulan (Reporter )/Dubai 

Dubai taxis may soon get CCTV cameras, with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) conducting studies to launch a pilot phase.

1Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO, Public Transport Agency, said: “The installation of cameras will help RTA monitor the security and safety of the passengers and drivers.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in Abu Dhabi (TransAD) announcing that they would be installing 100 CCTV cameras in their fleet of taxis by the end of this year.

Dr Al Ali said: “Cameras will also raise the efficiency of returning lost and found items.”

Taxi drivers Khaleej Times spoke to said the move would be beneficial for them.

Zahid Khan, a taxi driver with the Dubai Taxi Cooperation, said: “Sometimes we get fined when people complain about taxi drivers driving away when hailed. Even when there is a customer in the car, people want us to stop.”

With the cameras, Khan said, the drivers will have evidence against the complaints. More info