FedEx Ground is requiring ALL contractors to install Lytx DriveCam's in every truck no later than 08/01/2017.
Any contractor failing to install a Lytx DriveCam in their truck will be refused dispatch until such camera is installed, operational and tested.
The Lytx DriveCam faces both the driver and the road.
Despite assurances from Lytx's website that the monitoring service can't randomly check in on the driver unless an event is triggered. Let me tell you first hand...this is 100% FALSE!
I've already found out first hand when my contractor conducted a "Live Audit" and notified me my camera wasn't working.
They can pull up any truck and look in on the driver at any time on their phone or laptop.
The Lytx DriveCam also records audio inside the truck in conjunction with the video of the driver and the road.
The contractors dont want these in their trucks, but FedEx Ground is pushing them. Shame the contractors dont all get together and refuse. FXG bullies these guys around like crazy.
I'm looking for a new job come end of June. I've had enough. Used to be a good place to work. Nobody looking over your shoulder, great schedule, 5 days on, weekends (Sun/Mon) off, home every night, set schedule, dedicated solo run. No nagging about fuel mileage, no nagging about fuel mileage, idle percentage, no one watching me or listening to me.
Now it's just another stinkhole of being micromanaged and babysat. I feel like I'm back at Werner which I left for these very specific reasons.
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With as many times we see FedEx mixed in with the bad accidents, I can understand why FedEx lawyers/insurance vultures would want the cameras installed. I mean let's be honest here, they don't get the moniker Fed wrecks for nothing
Snailexpress Thanks this.
FedEx Freight drivers are company drivers.
Two separate companies. But all the contractors have to have cameras in their trucks by August 1st or they will not be dispatched.
FedEx Freight is slowly indoctrinating them in as well. Friend of mine there said his drriver cam is on the qualcomm. Has a camera watching the road too.
I have no accidents, tickets, safety violations or failed inspections in my 2 years there. No one that works for my contractor has ever had an at fault accident.
I have no problem if they want a camera to watch the road. I'm fine with that and I run my own dashcam that watches the road to cover my ###. I got a driver issued a reckless driving ticket back in August with it.
I drive a truck so I dont have someone watching over my shoulder. I'm on the road because I dont like a nagging boss. I don't like having someone breathing down my neck. I like the freedom of the road. I like being trusted, to be given a task, and allowed to do it without a bunch of babysitting.
For the nearly 2 years I have been here, I've done my job safely, efficiently and responsibly with no one watching over my shoulder, no accidents, no tickets, no negative law enforcement interaction, no failed inspections, never even had anyone call me in, no preventables and I've never had a safety incident with my doubles assembly and now they stick a god #### camera in my truck to watch me AND to listen to me.
My personal phone calls while in the truck are no longer private, everything I do or dont do is now critiqued, criticized and harped on. I cant and wont drive like this. I'm done in June. Waiting till I have my full two years in and going elsewhere that doesnt have a camera.
I can understand doing this for new drivers for training purposes and those with tickets, accidents and failed inspections but my track record should speak for itself and that I'm a safe driver.
I dont need a #### babysitter in my truck.
I've been saying the same thing...
The driver-facing cameras makes sense for new drivers or those who recently got a moving violation/incident. In both cases, they should used for a probationary time frame.
Experienced drivers who get it done without drama should NEVER be subjected to this type of indignity.
And the microphones???
Where are the people with the 'people-in-every-workplace-have-cameras-pointed-at-them' argument? Unless someone works in customer service (and a few other jobs), they do NOT have their conversations recorded! And even for these people, when they are done talking to the customer, any conversation they have with a co-worker in the next cubicle is NOT subject to recording!
I had yet another offer from a Fed Ex contractor. The guy was practically begging me to come on board. When I brought up the mandatory cameras beginning in August, he said they only go on at critical events. He's either lying or misinformed.
Needless to say, I turned him down.Last edited: Mar 30, 2017
Good for you for turning it down. I'm outta here in June or July as soon as I can find another job. Already doing my research and getting ready to start submitting apps and get the ball rolling. I refuse to drive like this any longer than I have to. It's George Orwellian/1984esque nonsense that I don't need. It's stress that I don't need.
Truck drivers have enough stress without worrying about dealing with the nonsense from a driver camera and being monitored at will behind the wheel and with what we might be saying in a phone conversation.
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