In January, SMRT and Trans-cab announced plans to install their cars with constantly running video cameras by the end of the year. That would mean that 7,300 taxis, more than a quarter of Singapore’s fleet of 26,000 cabs, would have onboard cameras. Is the idea a sensible way to resolve legal disputes, or a Big Brother-like invasion of privacy?
First published on 2 Mar 2012. Updated on 2 Mar 2012.
Lin, taxi driver, 47
‘It is about time we had something like this. We need some evidence to prove our innocence if we get into an accident.’
Mohamed Alfi, taxi driver, 52
‘I’ve been a driver for 13 years, and I don’t see the harm in installing cameras. What can computer systems and new cameras do to us if we’re not doing anything wrong?’
Aretha Loh Li Hsia, student, 22
‘I think it’s an invasion of privacy with a high potential for misuse. I’m not sure that resolving a few crashes justifi es something that could do more harm than good.'
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