Ireland and Dublin in particular has a huge amount of taxis. Tourists are often amazed at the amount of taxis in our capital city. There are several reasons for this. One being that although the infrastructure is getting better it still lags behind other capital cities in the western world. Only 12 years ago was the Luas opened which is a light rail system. Funnily enough we had a rail system 100 years ago but for some reason it was taken up and done away with.We do not have an underground in Dublin so taxis are a necessary evil. But things have gotten more and more dangerous for taxi drivers especially in less well off areas.
But there us a way for these taxi drivers to protect them selves and that is with dash cams. A dash cam is a video camera that you can put in your car. There are several versions including ones that just record the front of the car and ones that record both the front and rear of the car. Now many taxis are also installing cameras facing inside the car in case there are any incidents with any passengers.
It is now the case where the Police often ask for taxis in the area to send them their dash cam footage as they might have caught a crime on tape. If all 18,000 taxis in Dublin have dash cams and many of which are on the road for 14 hours per day then there is a lot of things that can be captured that can help solve many crimes. The number of incidents involving taxis has rise sharply over the last few years. Having dash cameras in taxis will make people think twice about what they do inside a taxi. That can include getting sick after a night out or something more sinister. Taxis are now even been offered discounts from the official dash cam Ireland website.