SINGAPORE: A year after taxis and private-hire cars were allowed to have inward-facing video cameras, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said these cameras are also allowed to make audio recordings.
Yesterday, LTA cited a poll by the government feedback unit which found that 90% of respondents were in favour of such recordings.
LTA said having audio “makes the recordings more effective in supporting investigations into inappropriate or violent behaviour, as well as fare-related disputes”.
This new ruling will come into effect from July 15, along with a change which exempts buses from guidelines on recordings.
LTA said buses are in effect public spaces since they are shared by many people at any one time.
Taxi operators, ride-hailing firms and drivers who offer rides for payment (including some car-pool services) must obtain permission from LTA to install inward-facing cameras.Only three companies are authorised to install such devices: i Vision Pte Ltd, Solo Pte Ltd and SSTA Technology Development Pte Ltd.
All taxis and private-hire cars with such cameras must display signs informing passengers of their presence. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network