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TTC to start recording external incidents on its surface vehicles

Last Updated Jan 28, 2019 at 5:24 am EDT

A police car is stopped as traffic moves along the street on November 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Starting Monday, the Toronto Transit Commission will activate external-facing cameras on its surface vehicles.

The TTC says the cameras will be used to record vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-pedestrian incidents.

The transit agency says any footage recorded will not be released to police unless it involves a criminal act against the TTC. Any other police request for TTC video footage will require a proper warrant unless the video is part of an immediate investigation, acts of terrorism or child abduction.

Decals will be posted on TTC vehicles notifying the public that they are being recorded.

The TTC says it will collect and keep data for 72 hours on buses and streetcars and seven days on most Wheel-Trans vehicles. Video footage that is not downloaded will be overwritten on a rolling basis.