Auckland Mayor John Banks has welcomed the indication from Transport Minister Steven Joyce that taxis will be required to have video cameras installed in time for the Rugby World Cup.
Mayor Banks says taxi drivers have the right to feel safe in their place of work and if this contributes to that, it needs to happen.
“Taxi drivers like shop keepers need to know that when they go to work, they will return home safely. Their families need the security that their loved ones won’t be harmed while they are making a living.”
Mayor Banks says while customers will be expected to pick up the extra cost for installing the equipment he is sure they will understand the benefits.
“Why should these good citizens work in fear? Our taxi drivers are hardworking people who deliver a much needed service. If video cameras go some way to stopping this type of violence then it is well overdue.”
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