Oxford’s taxi drivers speak out against audio recording

Last year Big Brother Watch led the campaign against Oxford Councils‘ plan to force taxis to record audio as well as video for every journey made.

Since then, a court in Southampton has ruled the policy is unlawful and the council has been forced to consider exempting chauffeurs from the policy. But still it refuses to abandon this absurd plan.

Next week the campaign takes another step forward, and I’ll be speaking at an event on Wednesday organised by taxi drivers to renew our call for the policy to be abandoned. More than 100 of they city’s cabbies have now signed a petition against the policy.

When the policy was first proposed, it was (according to the council) supported by taxi drivers, and the policy was backed publicly by Alan Woodward, secretary of The City of Oxford Licensed Taxi Cab Association. However, since our intervention – which saw the policy receive international media coverage as far afield as Fox News and Russia Today – Mr Woodward has been forced to resign, and now the city’s taxi drivers are speaking out.

The policy remains a grossly disproportionate invasion of privacy and Big Brother Watch will continue to campaign until it is completely abandoned. If it is implemented, we stand ready to challenge it until every legal avenue is exhausted.