The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started fitting taxis affiliated to the Public Transport Agency with surveillance cameras as a part of its efforts to improve public transportations services, keep track of the conduct of taxi drivers to ensure their compliance with the professional driving standards as well as moral attitudes. Surveillance cameras have been installed in about 6500 taxis out of a total fleet comprising 10221 cabs and the project will cover the remainder of taxis this year.
The move conforms to the third Strategic Goal of RTA, People Happiness and fits the needs of the Smart City initiative of the government. The system aims to ensure the compliance of taxi drivers with the rules and principles of professional and moral conducts as well as motivates them to observe optimal attitudes towards users of the taxi service. In case of any violations reported during the taxi trips, the camera footage can be retrieved to eliminate any complaints from service beneficiaries.