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New NSW Taxi Security System Specifications are in place after NSW T&I’s recent review of all NSW specifications, in consultation with taxi camera suppliers and the Taxi Industry.

 
The new specifications will increase safety for taxi drivers through the use of an additional camera head, increased storage capacity for images reducing the incidence of images being overwritten before being downloaded and a range of other enhancements. Additional alarm switches and the introduction of driver door lock isolating devices for taxis that have security screens will also serve to improve the safety of taxi drivers.

 
This is the second generation of specifications since cameras were introduced in NSW in 1998. Some major cities around the world are only just beginning to catch up to our safety standards, including New Zealand and Chicago where cameras are only now being introduced into taxis.

 
The new specifications for taxi cameras, duress alarms and vehicle tracking
devices have been combined in the NSW T&I’s ‘Specifications for Taxi Security Systems’ document. 

 
All operators and ATIS personnel need to be aware of the compliance schedule for taxi security systems, which is as follows:

 
Before 1 July 2010:
Situation Required
Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast taxis - put on the road before 1 July 2010  • 2001 Camera (then 2010 camera from 1st July 2015)• 2002 Vehicle Tracking Device 
Country taxis - put on the road before 1 July 2010  • 2001 Camera (then 2010 camera from 1st July 2015)

From July 2010:
Situation
Required
Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast taxis - put on the road from 1 July 2010
Must be fitted with:
• 2010 Camera
• 2010 Vehicle Tracking Device
• 2010 Alarm
Country network taxis - put on the road from 1 July 2010
Must be fitted with:
• 2010 Camera
• 2010 Alarm
Country non-network taxis - put on the road from 1 July 2010
Must be fitted with:
• 2010 Camera

Note:
 After 1 July 2010 equipment cannot be transferred between cars unless it meets the relevant specification.

 
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