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Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle CCTV consultation

Consultation runs from 1 March 2018, 12:00am to 26 March 2018, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

We are responsible for licensing hackney carriage, private hire and dual drivers, proprietors and operators in Cambridge. 

The implementation of CCTV in hackney carriage and private hire vehicles was agreed and made mandatory by councillors in October 2017.

Having CCTV in all licensed vehicles will enable the prevention and detection of crime, and promote a safe experience for both licensed drivers and the travelling public.

The key objectives are:

  • To protect licensed drivers
  • To protect the travelling public
  • To ensure licensed drivers continue to be ‘fit and proper’ in line with licence conditions
  • To enable investigations to be fully supported with evidence in a secure and retrievable form

The overarching principle of the legislation that governs hackney carriage and private hire vehicles is one of safety.

Drivers of licensed vehicles are placed in a position of trust to carry, sometimes unaccompanied, vulnerable individuals. At the same time, they place themselves in vulnerable positions on a daily basis; they can be subject to verbal and physical abuse, robberies and false allegations. They play a pivotal role in dispersing members of the public who make use of the night-time economy.

Consultation information

Tell us how you think we should implement CCTV in hackney carriage and private hire vehicles: download the consultation document, answer a few questions and send it back to us at

Please make sure to clearly state your name and, if applicable, the name of any organisation or person you are responding on behalf of.


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Commercial and Licensing team at or 01223 457888.

Post any correspondence to Commercial and Licensing team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.

Next steps

In July 2018 the Licensing Committee will be asked to make a decision on the technical specifications of the CCTV system and how we should implement the rollout of CCTV to all licensed vehicles.


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