Passenger transport vehicle camera surveillance units

The conditions governing camera surveillance units in passenger transport vehicles (PTVs) in WA have changed.

The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), introduced on 2 July 2019, provide new obligations for the use of cameras in taxis and charter vehicles. The Regulations refer to a taxi as an on-demand rank or hail vehicle. Similarly, a charter vehicle is referred to as an on-demand charter vehicle.

  Camera Surveillance Unit Standards 2019

DoT has approved the Camera Surveillance Unit Standards 2019 (2019 Standards). This replaces the standards previously released by DoT in 2017.

ODT_P_Passenger_Transport_cam_surveillance_standard_2019.pdf icon Camera Surveillance Unit Standards 2019 Kb

  CSU responsibilities for booking services

In line with the chain of accountability approach, the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 places a greater responsibility on On-demand Booking Services (ODBS) for ensuring that on-demand passenger transport vehicles meet mandated camera requirements. This includes:

  • ensuring devices fitted, are of the required standard, and in working order;
  • ensuring mandated signage notifying passengers that they are being recorded is installed;
  • maintaining processes to ensure that recordings are not used for unauthorised purposes; and
  • ensuring that recordings are properly disposed of.

Authorised uses of camera system recordings are outlined in the Regulation 35Z and include use of recordings by an authorised ODBS in some circumstances.

CSUs in on-demand rank or hail (taxi) PTVs

Regulations published in 2019 have introduced some significant changes for camera requirements for on-demand rank or hail PTVs (taxis):

  • By 1 July 2020:
    • All on-demand rank or hail PTVs (taxis) in Western Australia must have a Camera Surveillance Unit (CSU) of an approved type installed.
    • Authorised ODBS will be responsible for providing copies of recordings from CSUs when required.
  • Authorised ODBS can access CSU recordings for specific purposes.

CSUs in PTVs other than rank or hail (taxis)

Though CSUs are not mandated for PTVs other than on-demand rank or hail vehicles, the Regulations do apply some rules controlling the use of CSUs in other categories of PTV.

If a CSU is installed in a PTV other than a taxi:

A clearly visible sign notifying passengers that they are being recorded must be placed inside the front of the vehicle;

  • Recordings can only be used for authorised purposes as defined in the regulations; and
  • Copies of recordings must be provided to Police or Authorised Officers (such as DoT Education and Compliance Officers) when required.

Industry is being provided with time to transition to these new rules as follows:

 

Transition timelines for new CSUs

Date Transition

2 July 2019

  • All rank or hail PTVs (taxis) operating predominantly in the metropolitan area  must have an approved type of CSU.
  • Rank or hail PTVs (taxis) operating outside of the metropolitan area (including those in Mandurah and Murray) will not need an approved type of CSU until July 2020. However, if the rank or hail PTV provides any transport that starts and ends in the metropolitan area, then a CSU of an approved type must be installed.
  • CSUs installed in rank or hail PTVs (taxis) and approved under a previous standard will need to be replaced with a device approved under the 2019 standards before July 2020.
  • Authorised booking services can access recordings from CSUs in accordance with the rules outlined in the new regulations.
  • Regulations require that the associated ODBS is responsible for ensuring that CSUs are installed properly and are maintained in working order.
  • Use of approved installers is no longer required.
  • Annual camera inspection cards no longer need to be provided during annual inspection.
July 2020
Date to be confirmed
  • All rank or hail PTVs (taxis) must have an approved type of CSU installed. Any CSU not approved under the 2019 Standard must be replaced by this time.
  • The authorised ODBS is required to provide recordings from their associated PTVs on request. Some CSUs may need modifications to allow ODBS access to recordings for this purpose.

  Approved CSU devices

Devices approved under the 2017 and 2019 Standards are as follows:

Device Suppliers Contact details  Approved under 2017 Standard Approved under 2019 Standard
13cabsi 13CABS (03) 9277 3450 - Yes
DTI MDR5-L

Black & White Cabs (WA) Pty Ltd

Nova Communications

Swan Taxis

(08) 9230 0440

(08) 9445 1555

(08) 9422 2270

- Yes
Oiiicam-1 Oiiicam Pty Ltd 0404 881 520 - Yes
MCRX2, with OCX2 Wide Helius IR Camera Swan Taxis (08) 9422 2270 - Yes
PHSureCam V.1.0 PHSURE

admin@phsure.com.au

- Yes
Streamax G60DT X5-Lite Discontinued product   - Yes
Streamax G60DT X5-Lite V2

Swan Taxis

Nova Communications

Streamax Australia

(08) 9422 2270

(08) 9445 1555

1300 822 986

- Yes
Taxicomms TXC4010TVI

Black & White Cabs (WA) Pty Ltd

Nova Communications

Swan Taxis

(08) 9230 0440

(08) 9445 1555

(08) 9422 2270

- Yes
VT-300SE Demand Transport Services (08) 6507 4041 - Yes
SOLO-M04-SB-G Swan Taxis (08) 9422 2270 - Yes
Verifeye VA-4600 Not approved for new installations   Yes -
MTI Sigtec MK4 Not approved for new installations   Yes -
Crown Cabs MK1 Crown Cabs

(03) 9310 5422

admin@crowncabs.com.au

- Yes

 

Superseded devices

The Verifeye VA-4600 and MTI Sigtec MK4 devices were previously approved under the 2011 and 2017 Standards but have not been approved under the 2019 Standard due to identified performance issues.

Rank or hail PTVs (taxis) that had a Verifeye VA-4600 or MTI Sigtec MK4 installed prior to 2 July 2019 can continue to use the device until July 2020. After this time, it must be replaced with a device approved under the 2019 Standard.

The Verifeye VA-4600 or MTI Sigtec MK4 devices are not approved under the 2019 Standard. These devices must not be installed in any new vehicles. This includes:

  • Transferring the device from one vehicle to another;
  • Transferring the device from one vehicle to another;
  • Installing the device into a new taxi; and
  • Installing the device into a vehicle that has previously been used as a taxi.

Important: Please note that in addition to approval of a system for use in rank or hail PTV (taxi), depending on the installation of the camera, suppliers or vehicle owners may also require a modification permit for the camera mounting. This will be determined by the AIS at the initial inspection. 

The approved devices vary greatly in functions and options. It is the service providerís responsibility to ensure that the chosen devices can meet their requirements.

Approved devices must be installed and maintained in a manner which complies with the current Camera Surveillance Unit Standards, as published on this webpage.

 

ODT_P_Passenger_Transport_cam_surveillance_standard_2019.pdf icon Camera Surveillance Unit Standards 2019 Kb
ODT_P_Camera_Surveillance_Unit_Standards_2017.pdf icon Camera Surveillance Unit Standards 2017 Kb

  How to submit your camera system for approval (manufacturers/suppliers)

Applications for the approval of new system types for use in the WA rank or hail (taxi) market are encouraged.  Suppliers who would like to market their product for use in WA rank or hail PTVs (taxis) should first contact On-demand Transport.

Applications will need to be submitted along with:

  • A sample device with all related equipment to enable testing;
  • Instructional materials for the driver and the download operator;
  • Installation components and instructions;
  • Any items of equipment and software required to access recordings on the test device;
  • Details of any approvals in other Australian states or territories; and
  • Day/night testing footage recorded on camera's memory for testing and download.

You may be asked to provide access to a test device installed in a vehicle for testing also.

Applications received will go through an assessment process which may include:

  • Running the system over the minimum 288 hours recording duration;
  • Accessing and copying recordings on the system;
  • Testing the system against current fluctuations; and Assessment of image quality in both day and night time conditions, using the test chart available on the last page of the ANZPAA Recommendations for CCTV Systems.

Systems that meet some but not all of the required standards may be considered for approval in some circumstances.  Devices approved in other Australian states that do not meet all of the requirements of the 2019 standards may also be approved.

Important: Please note that in addition to approval of a system for use in rank or hail PTVs (taxis), suppliers may also need to seek a modification permit to install the systems under Road Traffic legislation. Details on how to determine if a vehicle modification permit is needed can be found on the Vehicle accessories and fittings page

Opens in a new window ANZPAA: Resolution test chart for use with ISO Standard 12233

  Forms and documents use on this page: Passenger transport vehicle camera surveillance units

 

Page last updated: Wed Nov 13 2019 3:40:09 PM