CCTV mounted on exterior of buses

Alex Tabor made this Freedom of Information request to Transport for London

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Transport for London,

Please can you kindly provide details regarding all types of exterior dome CCTV cameras now being employed on new buses.

Please provide the following details:

1. Reason for use (incorporating location of different cameras)
2. Capture capability (Are they permanently on? Do they capture vehicles travelling either side of the bus? Retention length of images)
3. Any results with regard to their combatting the reasons for use (as explained in 1.)

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

Alex Tabor

Transport for London

Our Ref : 1006765182

Date : 01.06.2010

Mr A Tabor

[FOI #36073 email]

Dear Mr Tabor

Thank you for your request for information which was received by Transport
for London on 28 May 2010. This request will be dealt with under the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We aim to deal with your request promptly and provide you with a response
by 25 June 2010.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Patricia Mitchell

Head of Customer Services, Surface Transport

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Dear Transport for London,

Please can you urgently reply to my FOI request. By law I should have received a reply by 25 June 2010.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Tabor

Transport for London

Our ref: 1006765182/KK

Date: 28 June 2010

Dear Mr Tabor

Thank you for your email which was received by Transport for London (TfL)
on 28 May 2010. You asked for information about the types of exterior
dome closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras now being employed on new
buses.

Your request has been considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act and I can confirm that TfL does hold the information you
require.

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the delay in responding to you.

TfL’s new bus specification sets out the minimum CCTV requirements to be
utilised by our operator.

The responsibility for data and any additional features on each operators
system is directly with the operator.

We have a minimum requirement for specified interior areas of the bus to
be covered by the CCTV cameras within the specification. The camera
location can vary but must cover the specified interior positions, for
example, rear seat row. These areas have been determined by establishing
the most vulnerable areas on the bus and most transited areas. All
cameras are permanently on when the bus is in service.

Other vehicles passing by the bus exterior may be visible from an interior
camera via a bus window but they are not the focus of the recording and
are not likely to be identifiable. A forward facing camera from the
drivers cab area views approaching bus stops and general road traffic
conditions ahead of the bus. Retention of the recorded data is the
responsibility of the individual operators.

Some operators have additional cameras to TfL requirements that record
supplementary areas of their choice.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or you are unable to
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Yours sincerely

Patricia Mitchell
Head of Customer Services

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