Taxi drivers are using security camera footage against each
other, resulting in at least one Dunedin operator being
The driver was seen by a rival taxi operator over-loading a
vehicle and was reported to police, who obtained the
operator's own incriminating footage and used it to
The move has prompted the New Zealand Taxi Federation to
challenge the notion drivers are required to supply security
camera footage if it is to be used as evidence against them.
Dunedin taxi owners and operators were united yesterday in
the view security cameras were for the protection of drivers
and passengers, not for prosecution.
They supported the federation's stance that operators had the
right to refuse police or New Zealand Transport Agency
requests for footage which could be incriminating.
United Taxis owner and operator Bill Overton said it was
pathetic some drivers went out of their way to dob in others
from rival firms.
Mr Overton happily supplied footage to police if a wanted
person had used a company taxi, as was the case recently.
But footage should not be used against drivers, he said.
"They are for the drivers' protection, not prosecution."
Taxi federation executive member and Otago representative
Murray Alcock, of Dunedin Taxis, said in certain situations
"every assistance" should be given to police.
However, he shared the view that taxi cameras were intended
to be used in the protection of drivers and passengers only.
The federation has asked for a policy document to be written,
to give guidance to the transport agency and police.
Federation executive director Tim Reddish was quoted in the
federation's monthly publication saying it was "unsound" for
drivers to initiate footage requests against rivals.