The Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2017 requires taxis operating in major towns and cities to have:
If you are in one of the following areas, you need to have an in-vehicle camera or only provide services to registered passengers.
If you normally don't work in any of the listed urban areas and don't have a camera installed, you may go into these areas to collect a pre-booked fare provided the destination is outside one of the listed urban areas.
The following don’t need to comply with either the in-vehicle camera or only registered passengers requirements:
facilitated cost-share operators
exclusively pre-booked services such as:
If you choose the in-vehicle camera system option the vehicle can’t be used to accept a hire unless the system has been approved by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, is operating properly, and the camera is mounted so it has a clear view of the inside of the vehicle.
You can also apply to Waka Kotahi for approval of a new system.
A sign or notice that an in-vehicle camera is operating must be clearly displayed on the outside of the front passenger door, and inside the vehicle in a prominent position.
The following have been approved as in-vehicle security camera systems for the purpose of the Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007.
|Approved make and model||Date approved|
|Streamax QS-0401||3 August 2020|
|VerifEye TaxiCamQC MKIV Rev G||28 Feb 2011|
|Taxi Sentinel J250-4||3 March 2011|
|Sigtec Snapshot Mark4 Camera PV3040.001||9 March 2011|
|IVSE Mini 3 Series||22 March 2011|
|13 April 2011|
Model: TaxiTrek T1
|20 April 2011|
|21 April 2011|
|SOSS-TB-420SP CAM420SP||21 April 2011|
|KD 300 - 3rd Eye
|16 May 2011|
|14 March 2019|
|DTY MV757||5 July 2011|
|Cozy Livecam||4 August 2011|
Model: Taximon 1104
|22 August 2011|
|9 November 2012|
|BLTC (Batterylink Taxi Camera)
|22 April 2013|
|BLTC (Batterylink Taxi Camera)
|22 April 2013|
|14 October 2013|
|Hi-Tech Taxi Cameras
|10 January 2014|
|TaxiPro Security Camera System TP100||5 September 2014|
Model: Taxi Trek T2
|13 July 2016|
|28 February 2017|
If you are seeking approval of a new in-vehicle camera system you must first have it independently tested and certified as meeting the operational requirements (as outlined in the guidelines below). Independent testing must be completed before an application will be considered by Waka Kotahi for approval.
Waka Kotahi recommends using one of the following certifiers to test your camera system. It should be noted that these test certifiers do not sell, supply or install camera systems.
|Electronic Design Solutions
At the completion of the camera testing, you will be provided a written report notifying you of the outcome of the test. A copy of that report is also provided to Waka Kotahi to hold on file. Once you have been issued your independent test certification report, and the system is recommended as having passed testing, you are welcome to submit a full application (completed application form and independent test certification report) to Waka Kotahi, to have your camera system approved for use and listed on the table of approved camera systems on the Waka Kotahi website.
There are important things you should note when purchasing an in-vehicle security camera system:
If you operate in one of the listed urban areas and don’t have an in-vehicle camera, your passengers must be registered. The purpose of this alternative to having an in-vehicle camera is to ensure that a driver and passenger can be identified and located if an investigation into an incident is necessary.
A registered passenger service must:
The following details are the minimum Waka Kotahi expects to be collected from, and retained on, a registered passenger:
Without a working approved camera, no driver can accept casual, walk-up passengers.
Since vehicles with registered passengers aren’t required to have a security camera, information regarding driver and passenger details and the trip itself need to be as robust and reliable as reasonably practicable.
Waka Kotahi and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) have raised concerns about the use of audio recording in taxis. Please read the following letter and factsheet to ensure you are aware of these issues.
If a small passenger service organisation would like clarification about the general issues raised by this matter under the Act, then it can contact the OPC's enquiry line on 0800 803 909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audio recording of passengers in taxis (letter from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency) [PDF, 36 KB]
Guidance for taxi organisations on audio recording (factsheet from the Privacy Commissioner) [PDF, 636 KB]
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