For several years now the Taxi industry has had to install mandatory security cameras in their vehicles. The reason for this legislation is for two reasons;
Why transport security cameras should be installed in all rideshare vehicles
Currently, there is no law requiring rideshare drivers to install transport security cameras in their vehicles. This can only be a matter of time as more and more incidences of discrimination, sexual, verbal & physical assault and damage are reported.
A safety report released by Uber in 2018 showed that in that year alone, nearly 6,000 passenger sexual assaults occurred which included 464 instances of rape. This does not include the many instances that were not reported. A union survey conducted in Australia found a staggering 17% of drivers experienced some form of verbal or sexual assault from passengers.
In Queensland, Transport security cameras are also mandatory in taxi, limousine & ride-booking vehicles where any cash or credit card transactions are taking place. This is to protect the driver from an incidence where a customer refuses to pay after the service has been conducted whilst also protecting the passenger.
It is clear to see that both passengers and drivers deserve to be in an environment where both parties can feel safe which is why the inclusion of a transport security camera can be of such benefit. Other reasons to include a transport security camera are;
Issues around the cost of implementing a security camera have arisen with representatives from Uber stating that drivers won’t be able to afford the cost as half of all drivers only drive around 10 hours a week. This problem can be avoided whereby a driver that decides to install a transport security camera in their vehicle can operate as an independent operator and add a slight premium to passengers who no doubt will be happy to incur the cost knowing their safety is now a priority.
Rideshare drivers should want to have a transport security in their vehicle for their own protection whilst passengers too should be insisting on rideshare operators like Uber, Didi and Ola to make it mandatory for security camera installation.