While installing video cameras in taxicabs is nothing new for reality television producers – witness the voyeuristic Taxicab Confessions, and the downright delightful Cash Cab – hack drivers in Derry, Northern Ireland have gone high-tech for considerably more practical, and darker reasons.

Following an incident in which a drunken passenger attempted to grab the steering wheel while the car was in motion, one savvy Irish cabbie installed a closed circuit television system into his taxi. The move apparently paid off, as the driver in question was later attacked by another fare, and has successfully used footage from the camera to help prosecute his assailant.

Customer-on-cabbie violence isn't the only reason that some of Derry's largest taxi companies, along with many individual drivers, are going the CCTV route. After at least one failed accusation of rape last year, drivers believe that in-car cameras will give them evidence of professional behavior, as well as offering a higher sense of security to their female passengers.

Jarlath Malone, proprietor of Derry cab company Foyle Delta, said, "I know a lot of drivers who will not work at night because of fears of being attacked or robbed but the biggest fear they have is of being falsely accused of rape."


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should install these in NYC cabs because at the end of every ride, I always get raped too.
      Julien
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sounds legitimate.
      IVAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have to say it...Been there, done that... Not the cameras, but the passenger making the accusation of rape... Had a female from a bar who passed out in my cab decades ago. She wasn't wearing much, and was drunk as he*l. Knew where she was going, and had a call number for her apartment, but when I got there, no one answered and she wouldn't respond to my yelling for her to wake up. So I called the cops. First one then another responded. The first cop told me I was wasting his time, but waited for the second cop to show... And what do you know, the first word out of her mouth when the cops tried to wake her was "rape" ....She made such a scene, her family heard her and came down. She insisted we had tried to attack her. But with three witnesses, it wasn't happening. That's when the first cop finally understood my original refusal to remove the passenger on my own. Cameras back then were not an option (early 1980's).
      John G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fix the title please, its rather misleading. Northern Ireland is part of Britain and not a part of the Republic of Ireland (which is a different state).
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those Irish gals must be getting pretty desperate to be fantasizing about being raped by cab drivers. Maybe there is another potato famine on the way.
      nubs1094
      • 2 Years Ago
      What kind of cars are those? The front ends look pretty cool.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nubs1094
        These are the standard London Cab Taxis. I think they're Austin FX4's.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now cabbies can document their rapes. Neato!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        IVAN
        • 2 Years Ago
        LL Why don't you stay on subject ? Instead of trying to get free advertisement.
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      shoreline9
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't stand the nasty, abusive drunk. Once he or she sobers up, they need to be royally bitch slapped.
      shoreline9
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't stand the nasty, abusive drunk. Once he or she sobers up, they need to be royally bitch slapped.
      mojonaut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh. Irish stereotype. How refreshing.
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