Taxis and private-hire cars will able to record audio and video during your ride

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Using authorised devices, taxi drivers and private-hire car drivers will soon be allowed to record audio and video of the interiors of their vehicles, according to the Land Transport Authority’s latest guidelines.

The LTA announced the key changes to its guidelines regarding the use of inward-facing vehicle recording devices in a statement released on Tuesday. In addition to video recordings, approved inward-facing IVRDs with audio recording capability will also be allowed.

Bus drivers are not given this same change with their vehicles, as they are considered similar to public spaces and are shared by many passengers, unlike taxis or private-cares, which have smaller spaces.

The changes will take effect on July 15.

Even though these drivers are given the ability to record, they need to be sure to comply with the “stringent requirements” that come along with this. Taxi operators, private hire car booking service operators, and the drivers of these respective vehicles require permission from the authority before installing the devices.

The three authorised installation centres and data controllers include:

  • i Vision Pte Ltd;
  • Solo Pte Ltd; and
  • SSTA Technology Development Pte Ltd.

Along with this, drivers must notify their passengers that they are being filmed by display signs or decals. More updates regarding this to come.

Credit: Business Insider

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