Dubai: All taxi drivers in Dubai will soon be under the constant watch of surveillance cameras, keeping track of their behaviour as well as their fatigue levels.
According to a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official, the entire fleet of around 9,500 taxis in Dubai will be equipped with the special cameras in phases, completing the project by early 2018.
“We have successfully completed the trial and we found the cameras useful in improving operational efficiency. We are now in talks with all the franchises to begin the installation of the cameras which will be done in phases over the next year,” said Adel Shakeri, director of Transportation Systems at RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
Interestingly, the surveillance system will not cover any of the passengers to protect their privacy.
“The surveillance system will have each taxi equipped with three tiny cameras, one installed near the central mirror of the vehicles, covering only the driver, while the other two are set up at the front and rear of the taxi, externally. None of the cameras will show the passengers,” said Shakeri.
The cameras will be connected to the operation command centre (OCC) of the Public Transport Agency, but it will not relay live feed.