Driver Facing Camera

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Leo S.'s Comment
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Hi! im new here! What do you guys think about driver facing cameras on OTR drivers? I turned down a job because of it. It was a small family owned trucking company too. I thought only mega carriers do this? Is this going to be a thing now?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jamie's Comment
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I work for a mega carrier and my truck doesn't even have a dash cam, let alone a driver facing one. I do however use my own dash cam as it's better to have one.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Me personally, I wouldn't work for a carrier that had them. That's just my opinion. Prime doesn't have them, or the outward cameras either.

andhe78's Comment
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For me, it's not a huge deal. If you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, and your cell phone is in the bunk, there is no need to worry about being monitored. I change clothes behind the curtain, I'm always fully dressed in the driver's seat, I don't pee in the truck, and I don't entertain lot lizards, so not all that concerned about privacy issues either.

G-Town's Comment
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Hi! im new here! What do you guys think about driver facing cameras on OTR drivers? I turned down a job because of it. It was a small family owned trucking company too. I thought only mega carriers do this? Is this going to be a thing now?

Welcome to the forum Leo.

This topic has been hotly debated many times before, usually declared a draw. We are all free to make decisions based on the presence or lack of one of these devices.

However you may have arbitrarily walked away from a potential opportunity likely because of a preconceived notion of how they work, and why they are there. In many documented cases, they can actually prove no fault of the truck driver in a critical event with another vehicle.

I am not here to debate this but to state that I coexisted with an in-cab drivecam for many years and caused me zero anexiety and issues. I revived a quarterly bonus for having zero camera events.

I’d be happy to explain this further...later on this evening.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bill F.'s Comment
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It's a personal choice. I don't like them, others do.

Splitter's Comment
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I have one in my truck. It’s called FaceTime!! Lol

Dan67's Comment
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I work for a local company that is owned by Cardinal Logistics and we have a dual camera. One faces forward and the other towards the driver and we are instructed to cover the driver camera. It is not a big deal and mine is covered with thick black foam tape.

TommyGun's Comment
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My opinion is; forward facing, okay.

Driver facing; no way.

There was talk of driver facing cams at Stevens, a lot of the lady truckers vehemently opposed them, and that was that.

Sorry, you have GPS, you have access to temps of the reefer , and you see what I see. On ours they have collision detection and lane detection.

Can I have at least part of my day not under 24 hr surveilance?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't get why people worry about this. Every store, restaurant, street corner, hotel, office building, mall, movie theater, and amusement park has cameras covering every inch of the place. Everyone strolls on into these places with their families, during their time off, and lives every moment of their lives on private camera being watched and recorded by security officers. No problem.

You also walk around with your phone in your pocket which contains a microphone, GPS chip, video camera, and accelerometer, all of which can be activated remotely by any number of government agencies or tech companies. You even hang out in your home and sleep with it next to you and do all sorts of things within view and earshot of it. No problem.

But put one in a truck and everyone throws a screaming tantrum like a little child who just had his ice cream cone taken away.

Baffling.

I guess it's really about the illusion of privacy more than actual privacy. If you can't see the camera directly in your face then it's ok because you don't notice it as much. You're not thinking about it and you can ignore it. But when it's right there looking you in the eye you get all squeamish.

I'll bet a million bucks if we did an experiment where we started following people around the mall recording them on camera they'd throw an absolute fit, even though they're already being recorded by any number of cameras at that same moment.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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