Change is inevitable especially when it comes to truck-driving technology. Quite recently, a few trucking companies have introduced driver facing cameras in the cab section. The number is slowly growing although the technology has been met with mixed reaction. Those supporting driver facing cameras argue that it reduces liability and saves lives. On the other side of the spectrum, critics point out the invasion of privacy to extreme levels.In fact, there have been reports of truck drivers especially old timers seeking alternative carriers after their previous companies introduced driver facing cameras. There are also truckers who were not welcome to the idea but changed their minds after learning the advantages. Regardless, the decision to work for a company that has in built cab camera is all up to you but you should at least know what it is all about.
How many fleet owners, supervisors and trucking company executives would be comfortable with a camera in their office monitoring everything they do? Not so many if you do the count but why do it for truck drivers? Because life-threatening accidents do not happen in the office but on the road. In fact, drivers who operate trucks with driver facing cameras are unlikely to be involved in distracted driving behavior such as texting or eating on the wheel. That is because people tend to behave differently while the camera is on. Even the common bad habits like picking up a dropped item on the floorboard while driving is scrutinized. Perhaps the most common misconception about driving facing cameras is that they are always on watch whether the driver is on or off duty? To the contrary, the cameras only monitor the driver when he/she is on duty. Whenever you are on break and not driving, the inside camera has no business to monitor your movements. Most trucking companies have made that clear.
Apart from the old timer truckers who are shy on the camera, the new generation of truck drivers seems to embrace the idea. If you are doing everything by the book, why worry when there is a driver facing camera in your truck? Plus if there is a false report against you, there is a camera to prove your innocence. At the end of the day, it is you who will weigh the options and decide whether or not to work for a company with driver facing cameras.