Cab Company Installs Cameras In All Vehicles


Acme Cabs installed cameras in all their vehicles for insurance purposed.

A camera will now record the road ahead and every move by the driver.

"It'll show me on the freeway how fast he was going," said Acme Operation Manager Dave Herring.

The camera system picks up speeding, pothole dips, the g-force of turns and every moment of an accident.

"The only way we get a break in the insurance is by putting cameras in the cars," said Herring.  

The company gets about a five to ten percent break in insurance costs for adding the cameras. Herring says they need it right now after new city rules kicked in for cabs.

"The insurance went up. It almost tripled. It went from $100,000 to almost $300,000," Herring said. "Each car can be 300 to 400 a month per car."

The company has about 33 cars. The extra cost equals around $10,000 a month.

"Because we have a lot of conflicting stories and hit skips and things like that," said Herring.

The cameras clear it all up. The camera not only captures what's happening on the road in front of the cab, but it also captures what the driver is doing and the passenger.

"If there were a camera looking at me, I wouldn't be thrilled about it," said Jacques Sandberg.

Sandberg hailed a cab when he arrived in Columbus for business. He didn't even think of the possibility he was being watched.

"I feel like our security state is invading us generally so I wouldn't be terribly happy," said Sandberg.

Herring said the ability to catch mistakes by the driver and correct it means a safer ride for passengers. The video is erased after seven days.

"Only management has access to the program you can read the tape in," said Herring.

A representative with the city said the insurance increase was part of an overhaul to modernize the taxi code. The city says whatever a cab company needs to do to make the ride a safer one, the city is for it.