New Rules for Using In Facing Cameras in Cabs

New rules rolled out on Monday (9 Apr) will allow taxi and private-hire car drivers to use inward-facing video cameras to protect them against abusive passengers and fare cheats. 

A total of 240 cases of fare evasion were reported in 2015, up from the 68 in 2012, said the Public Transport Council.  

While there has been no rule against the use of inward-facing cameras in private-hire vehicles and cabs, privacy laws have created some uncertainty as the image or voice of a person constitutes personal data. The new rules kicked in on Monday thus clarifies the usage of the cameras against the backdrop of privacy laws. 

However, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) assures consumers that drivers need to seek approval from the authority before installing these in-facing cameras. 

Under the new advisories, transport service providers are also required to prominently display a notice about the use of inward-facing cameras. 

Transport service companies and drivers must abide by the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). Adequate security measures to protect consumers’ personal data must be put in place by transport service providers, or otherwise risk fines of up to $1 million under the PDPA. 

Source: “New rules clear way for use of in-facing cams in cabs” (The Straits Times, 10 April 2018)

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