For taxi drivers, the dash cam is now one of the most essential tools. Not only are they are a useful tool for insurance companies to identify who was in the wrong during an incident they will also record any incident within the car, too.
Dashcams have been proven to make taxi users feel more comfortable as much as taxi drivers. With video evidence of any behaviour in the car, people are much more likely to be on their best behaviour, compared to if they feel like they have anonymity in a situation.
It is important that minicab and public hire drivers fully understand the laws around dash cams before they invest and install one of their own.
Dashcams are not currently required by law for UK drivers but some insurance companies will reward those with a camera as they will consider you more trustworthy. And, if you should be involved in an incident, the insurer will be able to refer to the camera footage to ascertain exactly what happened and who was at fault.
If you do choose to install a dash cam in your taxi, however, there are certain laws you should be aware of.
Firstly, the dashcam should not obstruct your field of vision when driving so choose your location for your dashcam carefully.
Every taxi driver needs to inform passengers in your vehicle that they are currently being recorded on a dashcam. If you don’t do this and there is an incident it can be considered breach of privacy. You don’t have to verbally announce you have a dashcam to every passenger. This can be done by placing a sticker or poster that is clearly visible to all passengers that informs them that they are being recorded by a dashcam for security purposes.
If your dashcam is required as evidence in a court case you must hand it over to authorities and any tampering with dashcam footage is considered a serious offence if it is in relation to an accident or incident.
Having a dashcam can help you secure cheaper taxi insurance amongst most of the UK’s leading insurance providers.