INDUSTRY NOTICE #00-08
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The in-vehicle security camera system takes digital photo images of the entire passenger area of the vehicle, and consists of a small camera with integrated infrared lighting that is installed above the vehicle’s rear-view mirror. The infrared lighting enables the capture of digital images during the day or night. The images are time and date stamped along with the vehicle identification number, and are stored in a small controller unit securely installed elsewhere in the vehicle The data is encrypted to prevent tampering and may only be accessed by authorized individuals through a proprietary software package. The system is designed to enhance driver safety by acting as a deterrent to crime and as an effective tool in identifying those who commit crime.
In addition to our current enforcement efforts, the TLC and NYPD will begin an enhanced FHV enforcement initiative targeting partition violations beginning May 2, 2000.
The two approved models are the Verifeye Taxi-Cam model #1500, and the Raywood Snapshot model RDC 2010. Additional models may be approved in the future, following a similar evaluation of their compliance with TLC specifications. For-hire vehicle (FHV) owners are advised that, if they do not meet the criteria for exemption (detailed below), they are directed to comply with FHV Rule 6-13 through the use of either an approved model partition, or an approved model camera, along with the additional requirements set forth in FHV Rule 6-13.
Section 6-l3: Partitions
A for-hire vehicle base and a for-hire vehicle owner shall be jointly and severally responsible for compliance with the following provisions and liable for violation thereof. No for-hire vehicle shall be used in the course of operations of a for-hire vehicle service unless the vehicle is in compliance with the following.
(a) A for-hire vehicle shall be equipped with a partition and a protective plate which would isolate the driver from the rear seat passengers, unless the owner is exempt pursuant to paragraphs (2), (3) or (4) of this subdivision.
Upon conviction, the penalty for the violation of Rule 6-13 is a $350 fine, and suspension until compliance.
For information on the Raywood Snapshot model RDC 2010, vehicle owners may call the unit's authorized distributor Herb Schwartz at 1-914-243-5311
For information on the Verifeye Taxi-Cam model #1500, vehicle owners may call Steve Holmes at 1-888-VERIFEYE (1-888-837-4339).
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