I'm actually surprised how many companies have driver facing cams these days. I went to apply for a new job since my company got sold off. I called around and nearly a quarter of the companies I called had driver cams.
I went back to my old company who also had driver facing cams but now they have a new AI system that monitors everything. The owner showed me a few clips of a driver who looked at his lap for one second on his phone and he got flagged for distracted driving. Another driver ran a stop sign in a truck stop and that also got flagged. The owner pays $700 extra per month as a safety bonus to put up with them, drivers can also choose their own governor speeds. But I'm not sure being watched like a hawk is worth they much.
Where do people draw the line? I thought driver facing cams were illegal in Canada so how are companies allowed to use them?
I'm not sure if I can stay unemployed, I need work but I also don't want to put up with AI nonsense. Unless I work for a few weeks until I find something better?
Driver facing cams
Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by Canadianhauler21, Jul 17, 2021.
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I am no supporter of driver facing cameras. But the company owns the equipment and no one is forced to drive for a company that employs cameras.
Also driver need to stop ##### around with their phone while driving!!
Phantom Trucker Medium Load Member
- Jan 11, 2016
Apparently TransForce does not have them. I know a guy who runs for one of their companies and he said they have the forward facing cameras, but not driver facing because it’s illegal.
TransForce isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but they own so many carriers, one of them might be a fit for you.
dunchues Medium Load Member
- Mar 23, 2012
For myself, I wouldn't be interested in a company that used them under any circumstances. I'd imagine most of the time its a stipulation of their insurance company due to low performance levels, but I couldn’t bear being watched myself.nredfor88, Gsm, Canadianhauler21 and 1 other person Thank this.
Again, this is about control, deleting safety bonuses, reducing pay, driver harassment, etc etc etc. No amount of money or treats is worth dealing with being watched. If something does happen, the company is going to hold up the inward camera footage, and say you were operating "outside of company procedures/policy" and walk away. Enjoy taking a Nuclear Verdict in the ###.
My company has made it clear, they are never going driver facing camera's or audio recording. We are going outward facing camera's, with offside video storage. I used to be against this, but people are now crashing into trucks on purpose due to scumbag lawyers, and the media pushing the "trucks are dangerous and you can be a millionaire if one hits you" narrative. So far these Out Facing Camera's have ended 2 lawsuits against my company, from cars that intentionally ran into our trucks; then put on a performance for the police and sued (I seen the footage, it was beyond obvious what happened lol).
I found this article online regarding the issue.
Are driver-facing cameras legal? - Truckstop Canada
As for most unionized courier companies in Canada I believe they are not legal and most don't use driver faced cameras. Privacy concerns are the number #1 issue.
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