Cameras and cabs

It saddens me that in today’s society if we drive into a bus lane a camera records us and we get a fine. Put two wheels in a yellow box and a camera records us and we get a fine. Do a u-turn where we’re not supposed to, recorded and fined. Stay too long in a car park, recorded and fined. Drop passengers off in the wrong place, recorded and fined. Yet a youngster gets stabbed to death in a park and there is an appeal for eyewitnesses and dashcam video because there is no money to be made in monitoring the places where our children socialise. I know it is not financially viable to have cameras everywhere, but it is possible, and that is the sad part.

9 thoughts on “Cameras and cabs”

  1. Too true. But do we need more cameras or fewer? Hard argument either way.
    What’s really needed is a motivation in the police force to protect people, rather than to punish law-breakers. The latter is temptingly easy, and satisfying though.


    1. I think London’s Metropolitan Police Force (I refuse to call it Police Service), has a lot more to do than worry about cabs not obeying traffic regulations. Thanks for the comment. Incidentally, on your advice I contacted Richard Charkin at Mensch Publishing and he seriously considered the manuscript then recommended that I self-publish which I’m doing. Thanks for your help.


  2. Reblogged this on Writing Wrinkles and commented:
    I follow this cabbie’s blog because… I’m from East London. I forward the Saturday Twitter snippets to hubby – from North London, but he doesn’t do blogs. I don’t often reblog, but this one strikes a loud chord that needs to reverberate further.
    And yes, I am of the opinion that cameras are no threat if you’re not doing anything wrong. Britain is not Russia.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog Cathy. There is also anecdotal evidence of cabbies being booked via camera if they wait more than 2 minutes while a passenger alights. It seems to have happened whilst helping a wheelchair bound passenger.

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