Dash Cam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
ContainerPort Group’s Dash Cam Program is part of a company-sponsored safety initiative for our Independent Contractors (ICs). CPG® is committed to meeting the needs of the trucking industry and our customers. To do so, we are proactively providing forward-facing dash cameras to our fleet.
To learn more about the Dash Cam Program, check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
1. Why is CPG® putting a camera in my truck?
CPG is installing dash cams to protect our ICs and CPG from potential harm and to help keep everyone safe on the road. Dash cams help to ensure ICs are complying with federal, state, and local laws, help avoid adverse safety scores and FMCSA interventions under CSA, gather evidence relating to highway accidents, and identify opportunities for proactive coaching.
By using technology to become a safer organization, we put ourselves in a better position to grow and service our customers to the best of our abilities. The better we serve our customers, the more loads we can offer you as an IC.
2. How will the installation of a dash cam benefit me?
We want the CPG® fleet to be the best and safest on the road.
In the event of an accident, dash cam footage can protect you from wrongful accusations. Video can prove you were not at fault and/or contradict inaccurate claims made by other drivers involved in the accident. This can help reduce the expense of insurance claims and preserve your escrow, saving you money. In at least 75% of fatal truck-passenger vehicle-involved crashes, the passenger-car driver is found to be at fault, so exoneration of the truck driver is probable, not just possible.
Dash cams also provide an opportunity for us to help you develop your professional driving talents. In-cab alerts for events like speeding, harsh braking, harsh turns, no seatbelt, following distance, and forward collision can help you recognize potentially unsafe driving behaviors and correct them.
In addition, if a camera-triggering event is recorded, our team will reach out to you with corresponding training materials to help you hone your driving skills. This proactive coaching will help keep you safe and keep points off your PSP/DMV reports.
3. Do I have to get a dash cam?
As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety of our ICs, employees, and customers, CPG does require dash cams and is installing the Samsara CM31 Forward-Facing Dash Camera for all ICs.
Technology is becoming an integral part of the motor carrier industry. By taking advantage of dash cam technology now, we are at the forefront of the industry – setting the standard for safety. This better positions us for the future where dash cam usage will become more and more common.
4. When is this going to happen?
We are installing dash cams as quickly as possible while also adhering to COVID-19 health precautions. Our goal is to have the entire fleet equipped with dash cams by January 2021.
5. What do the dash cams record?
The dash cams we use are an event-based system, not a monitoring system. This means:
- The camera is triggered by certain events – speed, hard braking and others.
- It records video from a forward-facing perspective ONLY – our camera model does not even have the hardware to record anything driver-facing.
- It does not capture any audio.
6. What specific events trigger the cameras to record video?
The dash cam automatically captures footage immediately before and after sudden acceleration, braking, turning, or collisions. Camera-triggering events can also include speeding, tailgating, running a red light, or rolling through a stop sign.
7. How does CPG use our dash cam footage?
The Samsara safety system is event-based, meaning footage is reviewed after an event occurs. The cameras are not monitored. Rest assured, there is NEVER an immediate need to have footage, so the delay does not affect the protection you receive from capturing the incident on video.
8. Who do I contact if I have issues with my dash cam?
Any dash cam issues or questions should be directed to your Terminal Manager and they will contact the appropriate person on our IT & Safety Teams to assist you.