The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently came out with its annual truck accident report for 2015, which actually shows that there was an 8 percent increase in the number of deaths from 2014 to 2015. The FMCSA in its effort to find ways to decrease truck accident fatalities has turned to cab cameras to help understand causes of truck accidents and determine how to prevent future truck accidents.
Obviously, the issue of putting cameras in the cabs of truck is a pretty controversial one. While the government thinks it’s an outstanding tool to use for studying crash causes and collecting data, there are still many truck drivers that feel it is invasion of their privacy.
Can Cab Cameras Have a Positive Impact on Trucker Safety?
Companies finding the best success in terms of studying the truck driver behaviors and crash causes are using what is called “dual cameras” in the cab. That is where one of the cameras faces forward onto the roadway, while the second camera is positioned to face backwards towards the truck driver to capture their actions and behaviors. Here are some of the industry findings from using dual cameras in truck cabs:1
- New Jersey-based NFI Industries has experienced lower rates of truck accident by 50 percent using dual cameras in its company trucks. NFI has also lowered its insurance rates by nearly 30 percent.
- Milwaukee-based Paper Transport Inc. has also reported having a better overall safety record after installing dual cab cameras in its trucks.
- Another Wisconsin-based company, Millis Transfer Inc., in River Falls uses dual cab cameras, and its Safety Director Dan Mills reports that they have collected very useful driver behavior and that of other motorists on the roadways.
How a Majority of Industry are Against Back-Facing Cameras
While many truck drivers see the effective usefulness of cameras in the truck cabs, many are still against it because they say it violates their privacy. On the flip side, safety experts argue that back facing cameras help get a perspective of moments before collisions, during, and after. The following are some more arguments against back-facing cameras:
- An independent study conducted by Fleet Owner website reveals that an estimated 90 percent of drivers would not sign on with a company that required a back-facing camera.
- According to the Fleet Owner study, truck drivers believe 80 percent of the accidents that occur are not the fault of the truck drivers.
- Some unions and trucker associations are also against the back facing cameras for reasons of violating trucker’s privacy.
- Currently, truck cameras are voluntary and not mandated by any regulation group. However, the FMCSA can change that based on the requirements of logging hours of operation electronically.
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1“Are Commercial Truck Cameras Making Roads Safer?” published on Yahoo Finance, April 2017.