J. J. Keller, known for their comprehensive list of compliance items, now has a way to watch you drive. They call it Encompass and of course they tout it as a safety device. They say they will be able to see "problematic driver behavior" so the company can provide "coaching" and "training" to these drivers. Right, some 22 year old dispatcher with a business degree who has no idea how to even start a truck is going to provide coaching. Of course, they say it will absolve drivers in accidents but I have yet to see an instance where a driver was cleared solely because of footage that was looking at him and without that the driver would be at fault. Keller says they have these things in 11000 fleets already. They do not mention how many actual trucks use them. Don't be fooled by this safety mumbo-jumbo. It will just be used to watch you and get rid of people they don't like or are otherwise a problem. Younger drivers are more likely to tolerate the cameras and they of course make less so the industry loves that kind of big brother thinking. The cameras are creeping in and if we don't act soon we won't be able to stop them.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.