CCTV cameras installed in Dubai taxis


    By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter

    Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority has installed CCTV cameras in taxis as part of a pilot project to monitor the performance of drivers and for general security, a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

    1Each taxi has been equipped with three tiny cameras, one installed near the centre mirror of the vehicle, covering only the driver, while the other two are set up at the front and rear of the taxi, externally.

    Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO, Public Transport Agency, RTA, said: “The installation of cameras in taxis is a project under trial. The project has been ongoing over the past six months. Until now a few taxis have been equipped and we are testing the system with different types of cameras to get the best results. Each taxi includes three CCTVs, one on the driver only [not covering passengers] and the other two for rear and front [outside the vehicle].”

    The RTA is yet to decide if all taxis in Dubai, including those operated by franchises, will have the cameras. “Since the project is yet under trial we have not launched or prescribed any mandatory rules,” Al Ali said. More info