Installation of dash cameras has been mandated under the new amendment to the taxi regulations published in Gazette on Wednesday.
The amendment specifies installation of a dash camera that needs to be operating during all service hours, with recordings that need to be kept for a minimum of seven days.
Moreover, the amendment includes provisions to curb taxi service fares and forcing drivers to display driving license in a place where it’s clear to the passenger. The regulation further added that the vehicles need to maintain a certain level of hygiene, and be air-conditioned.
Furthermore, it highlighted that taking additional passengers while there already is one or more passengers in the car is prohibited. For cycle taxis, the regulation made it mandatory to wear an article of clothing with the logo of the taxi center.
The regulation also detailed more on the ‘private hire’ service. This service can be provided without a taxi center as long as the website or application meets the requirements set by the Transport Ministry.
The regulation comes into effect six months after being published on the Gazette. It is an offense to operate taxi services in violation to the regulation and comes with the risk of taxi licenses being withheld by the authorities if found guilty.