TAXIS in Calderdale are being fitted with CCTV cameras in a bid to boost security.
After a string of violent assaults on cabbies, West Yorkshire Police have secured funding from the Home Office for the equipment.
The borough is following Kirklees in introducing the scheme.
Last December Kirklees councillors approved funding of £28,000 for 100 devices to prevent theft, abuse and assault against drivers.
The systems can record high-quality pictures and sound for up to 32 days.
Figures reveal that there were 82 attacks on Calderdale cabbies in 2007-08. Race was a factor in 19 of the incidents.
Chief Inspector Mark Allsop, said: “Previous experience of CCTV in cabs has been that they are a great success for both passenger and driver safety.”
In Kirklees 50 taxis drivers who have been the victim of crime will have the devices fitted to their cabs. A further 40 will be given to cabbies who regularly carry vulnerable passengers such as children or old people. The remaining 10 will be held back for any future drivers who are victims of crime.
Calderdale Council’s licensing team will be the only agency to download any images.