In a not too surprising twist, Maverick Transportation is installing driver facing cameras in their new trucks as they get them. In nearly every instance I have seen, a company that has forward facing cameras almost always eventually turns on the driver facing camera. There are 2 sides to this. First, if you don't work there I unfortunately think you should not work there. A company that would choose to use these camera on all drivers does not respect the drivers as professionals. Being coached by some 20 year old college student who lives in their mom's basement and has a man-bun is not respecting drivers. The camera is a no-go for me. The second part of this is for drivers that already work there. It is a harder thing to switch so you will need to see how aggressively they enforce the camera and what they do about it when they believe you have transgressed from what they perceive to be safe driving. If they are very aggressive about it I would quit before I got fired. **I wrote to Maverick on 1-29-20 asking for a response and inviting them on the live show. I will update if I get a reply.**
The pervasiveness in the trucking industry of the driver facing cameras is pitiful. I am beginning to agree with the idea that this USED TO BE an industry where you could make a good living and be respected. Many companies are getting away from that idea now. You don't solve a problem by punishing everyone. Since some people speed should everyone get a ticket? No. There are better ways to ensure safe driving than through 24/7 surveillance of every driver in your fleet but companies are not interested in real safety they are only interested in a quick fix.
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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.