What Companies Don't Have Driver Facing Cameras?

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You have no expectation of privacy in a CMV as you do your home. It is not a residence, it is not your property and even DOT , the company, and the customers have signs saying "all vehicles may be searched". I worked for the USPS...guess what...my personal vehicle could be searched.

We he had this argument so many times. You give up certain rights when taking jobs. As a postal worker I was watched with cameras and directional microphones. If they wanted to listen to my private conversation about my female hormones to my coworker that was on them.

If the truck was my HOME, I would haven't listed on my CDL. Its not.

As Rainy says - we've had this debate numerous times, and it almost always gets as contentious as the "should I lease" ones.

Also - as Rainy says - there is NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY on company property - and your TRUCK IS COMPANY PROPERTY.

While companies like Swift have decided to turn off the driver facing camera - most likely, due to backlash from drivers - I'm sure their orientation classes were full, even WITH the knowledge that there were driver facing cameras installed.

There's a delusion that we need to get rid of in our heads. Camera's have ZERO TO DO with our "rights or feelings" - and EVERYTHING TO DO with the COMPANY'S RIGHT to limit their liability by observing employee behavior while on their property and OPERATING THEIR EQUIPMENT.

I "gave up" a lot of my "rights", when I joined the military (which I didn't know about when I signed on the dotted line and raised my right hand - there was no google at the time). I had NO ISSUE when I eventually found out - because I waived/forfeited those rights so I could DEFEND THOSE RIGHTS for my country.

There are things we "sacrifice", in order to join this career/lifestyle. This isn't "just a job", it's a way of life (for OTR drivers at least). And if a company has a policy that is applied equally to all employees (meaning you're not being "singled out"), you either DEAL WITH IT - or look for a different company.

Passing on a good company, because they do HAIR TESTING (which we frequently hear here), means that you CAN'T PASS ONE.

Passing on a company because they have driver facing cameras, is certainly YOUR RIGHT - but that right ENDS, when you accept employment with one that does.




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Old School's Comment
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Rick, that Dilbert comic is hilarious, and so applicable to your comments.

That was great!

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