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Hauliers increasingly opting for in-cab cameras

  • 28 April 2014
  • By Roger Brown

The fitting of in-cab cameras by hauliers is becoming the norm rather than the exception, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

A survey by the RHA of its members found that more than half (54%) have now fitted cameras, with a further 35% indicating they are considering doing so.

While the main interest is in-cab cameras [forward-facing, filming the truck's driver or both], the survey shows that all-round cameras [typically used to help spot vulnerable road users] are coming strongly into consideration too.Only 7% of hauliers in the survey fit them at present but 35% said they were considering doing so.

A wide variety of operators took part in the survey, from owner-drivers through to firms running thousands of HGVs.

Jack Semple, RHA director of policy, said camera recordings can put an end to potentially crippling insurance claims.

He added: “In addition, many firms with cameras say they are useful tools for managing employees’ driving styles.

“The professional haulage industry appears to have reached a tipping point and the fitting of cameras will soon be the norm, rather than exceptional.”

Brian Yeardley Continental has seen its insurance costs fall since ensuring fleet-wide vehicle cameras from SmartWitness (KP1 camera pictured).

  • For a look at the legal implications of fitting in-cab cameras, read our feature on page 24 of this week’s Commercial Motor magazine [1 May].


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