Mr Motherway, a taxi driver for five years in Cork, said that compulsory CCTV has been a long time coming for the taxi industry, and he sees no negative effects coming from it, if it is brought in.
Joe Herron of the Irish Taxi Drivers Federation told Newstalk that the cameras should be optional for taxi drivers.
They have to invest money for their own security," he said.
David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions summarised things neatly when recently asked to consider the nebulous crossover of business and environmentalism.
“The future of work is dependent on environmental stability.” The issue can be a slippery thing to grasp because of traditional, if waning, corporate attitudes that a “green agenda” is bad for the bottom line.
Today, more Irish companies (and Irish-based companies) are embracing the concepts of carbon reduction and energy efficiency, if not for their own peace of mind, then for that of their investors and customer base.
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As it stands, regulations would have to change to use footage in court cases, according to the Data Protection Commissioner.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) have put proposals out for public consultation for CCTV to be mandatory in all taxis.
Many taxi drivers have already installed systems in their vehicles, John Motherway of told the Herald, but he raised concerns about potential breaches of data protection if footage is uploaded online."As it stands, the current systems that many taxis are using stick to the windscreen and are connected to the cigarette lighter, and it means that drivers have sole control over whether they want to record with them or not," said Mr Motherway.
"The storage device is an SD card and there is nothing to prevent the driver or passenger tampering with or removing CCTV footage."Once that CCTV SD card is removed from the device and put into any laptop, it's possible to upload the videos online to You Tube and this would be a serious breach of data protection."video Mr Motherway also raised concerns that cases could be thrown out of court because the driver had no initial right to take the video.
This was confirmed by the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), whose spokeswoman said that a change in the regulations would be required for such evidence to become admissible in court."Technically, it's just another individual, they would be inadmissible in a court, because they had no consent from the other person to record it, so they wouldn't be able to use it," she said.