Passengers are being urged to get into cabs only if they have CCTV by a councillor who spent a night with Brighton and Hove’s taxi enforcement team.
Lee Wares said: “Passengers should check if the taxi has CCTV before they get in.”
Councillor Wares joined the enforcement team on Saturday night (12 November) and said: “Operators, drivers and vehicles registered and licensed by Brighton and Hove City Council comply with some of the highest standards in the UK under the council’s Blue Book, including criminal background checks and the provision of in-vehicle CCTV.
“One of the key licensing objectives is to ensure the prevention of crime and disorder, safeguarding of children and the vulnerable and the protection of the public.
“Brighton and Hove registered drivers work hard to meet and maintain those objectives.
“In recent times, more and more drivers who are not registered by the council operate within the city but the council has no powers over them where they have been licensed elsewhere.”
Councillor Wares, the opposition Conservative group spokesman on licensing on the council, said: “CCTVs in Brighton and Hove registered taxis are sealed and checked and provide a record for the operator, driver, council and police.
“They provide a higher level of welfare, safeguarding and protection to passengers.
“In simple terms, if the taxi doesn’t have CCTV installed, think twice before you get in.
“This should be particularly pertinent for children, vulnerable men and women and the less abled and disabled or if you are helping somebody to get a taxi after a ‘night out on the town’.
“Taxis registered in Brighton and Hove have CCTV for a purpose. Passengers should take advantage of that higher level of protection.”