September 3rd, 2015
Driver-Facing and Front-Facing Cameras
Some Pros and Cons
As trucking companies move to comply with federal regulations requiring electronic logging devices in trucks, many companies are looking for ways to exceed government requirements to make drivers and trucks as safe as possible.
This has led many large trucking companies to install driver-facing and/or front-facing cameras in their trucks. If you’re wondering what this means for the industry or you’re not sure why your company is installing cameras, keep reading find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of this move.
When you’re done, leave us a comment with your own thoughts on this hot topic in trucking. We’d love you know what you think!
Pro: Encourages accountability amongst drivers
No matter how safely you drive, you know that there are drivers in this industry who simply do not employ safe driving practices. When these drivers get tickets or cause accidents, they drive up costs for safe drivers like you. Cameras are intended to increase accountability and make truckers drive as safely as they can.
Con: May make safe drivers feel unfairly targeted
However, the downside of that is the fact that some semi drivers may feel like their privacy is being violated. Having every minute on the road recorded and transmitted back to your employer can make you feel as if your company does not trust you or is waiting for you to do something wrong.
Pro: Protects semi drivers in the event of an accident
Accidents happen; that is simply part of working in the transportation industry. However, accidents can be extremely expensive, both for companies and for drivers. If you are in an accident and you’re not at fault, you may still have to go through a long process to prove that. A front-facing or driver-facing camera may help prove your innocence in the event of a traffic accident.
Con: May increase anxiety amongst drivers
Being watched is nerve-wracking at best. Knowing that every move of yours is being recorded may make you feel anxious. This anxiety can lead to a decrease in your driving abilities if you allow it to affect your concentration. However, it is likely that this anxiety will go away as you get used to having a camera in your truck.
Pro: Lower insurance rates
Insurance is very expensive for truck drivers and trucking companies, due to the amount of miles driven on a daily basis. However, trucking companies tend to offer lower insurance rates to companies and drivers who are willing to employ features like front-facing and driver-facing cameras. This may particularly benefit you if you work as an owner-operator and foot your own insurance bill.
Con: Additional pressure on truck drivers
No matter how long you’ve worked as a truck driver, you likely feel quite a bit of pressure to drive safely, complete routes on time or ahead of schedule, and do so without getting fatigued or overworked. This can be quite the burden to carry when you are putting in long days on the road. Cameras may place additional pressure on you. Much like the stress drivers may experience, this pressure may go away with time.
Swift Transportation is the main and largest company to install front-facing and driver-facing cameras so far. Other carriers are expected to follow suit in coming months and years. Keeping a positive attitude and dedicating yourself to safe driving habits can help you look at these cameras as a positive aspect of your career.
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