Mercer Now requiring contractors to install omnitracs cameras

Discussion in 'Mercer' started by drvrtech77, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    It appears more and more of these carriers who have lease operators running under their authority and insurance are requiring this.

    Many are including that "mobile eye" deal as well.
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  3. againstthewind

    againstthewind Road Train Member

    Oct 26, 2012
  4. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    Driver facing camera + lawyers =

    Yawning on camera prior to accident = fatigued driver, shouldn't have been driving.

    Changing radio station/air conditioning, eating, drinking, chewing gun, talking on bluetooth, looking at Qualcomm while driving etc etc = "distracted driving" gonna sue you hard and you are at fault for everything.

    Driver facing cameras are a legal nightmare
  5. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Bentonville Arkansas
    They didn't require the mobile eye till a year after i was working here. It's how they kept our insurance rates down with everything going on. The Mobile eye unit it just in cab alert doesn't send alerts to them and doesn't save anything. I was one of the testers for the mobile eye and its decent. It doesn't hit ur brakes or stop the cruise just beeps every couple seconds if u follow too close or leave a lane without a blinker lol
  6. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Bentonville Arkansas
    Insurance rates have gone up for A LOT of people this year if u could save .01 per mile on a truck by installing mobile eye i sure as hell would. I Draw the line at driver facing cameras
  7. roshea

    roshea Road Train Member

    Just to be clear, the unit Mercer is requiring does not have driver facing camera in it, so they can't "turn it on" as some have suggested. It also does not record sound.
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  8. thaistick

    thaistick Road Train Member

    Dec 7, 2014
    What about the guys who are grandfathered in that are on paperlogs?
  9. roshea

    roshea Road Train Member

    Recently Safety Director Len Dunman revised the Mercer Safety Policy to include the rollout of OmniTracs cameras. Please take a minute to read some important information about this new policy. The primary reason for this new policy is related to obtaining insurance and obtaining it at reasonable costs. Insurance carriers make their decisions on 'when to offer coverage' and 'what to charge' based on the technology on trucks including cameras. We believe we are compelled to move forward with this new camera policy in order to obtain insurance coverage in the future.

    A few important points about the cameras and how they work or will be used:

    Cameras are Forward Facing Only.
    There is NO Audio being recorded.
    There is NO real time view available to us. In other words, we can't watch you going down the road.
    Your speed does NOT show on the videos that are requested by Mercer.

    Important recording information:

    The cameras are active when there is Motion in Front of the camera. This could be very helpful in 'truck stop' accidents where someone backs into your rig.
    In the event of an actual accident or incident, we will be able to review the video. Such video can clearly help defend you or clear you of any wrongdoing.
    You can also trigger the camera to record by pushing a button or simply waving your hand next to the camera.
    Finally, if you want to see a video recording, simply call Safety and ask. We will upload it and send it to you.
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  10. WildTiger1990

    WildTiger1990 Heavy Load Member

    Apr 21, 2015
    If its ONLY FORWARD camera , honestly I don't know what you guys crying around. My dash cam works 24/7 cause with all this texting idiots on a road , you never know what going to happen next minute. Especially with scammes, who can slam on brakes and you will be fined for rear end collision.
    Now inward camera, for monitoring driver is completely different topic...
  11. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    You gotta keep up, folks aren't crying about a camera. Its who controls that camera.

    Their is a big difference in a camera that I own and have control of versus a company owned camera that they control.
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