The focus on dashboard cameras continues to be important after an insurance company has announced that discounts will be offered in Ireland on a regular basis to customers wishing to combine a dashboard camera with their insurance policy.
According to a recent survey carried out by GoCompare, drivers actually welcome the use of dashboard cameras, which have proved to be a great tool for fleet and driver safety, as they can assist with monitoring driving style and help staff to become safer drivers, but can also be crucial in the event of a collision by providing video evidence.
The GoCompare survey discovered that around a third of the drivers interviewed claimed dashboard cameras should be fitted as a compulsory item in the cars and vehicles of the future. This fraction of the interviewed, corresponding to 32%, complements the 48% who claimed to be happy to have dashcams installed on board. There seems to be quite a high consensus when it comes to dashcams use as only 8% claimed they would not like to have a dashcam installed. The main concerns for this minority appear to be with the potential for distraction and the perception that the installation would be a hassle.
At the same time, news has been published according to which a new two-year action plan from the UK’s Department of Transport has been released in order to encourage the elimination of dangerous driving and road rage and to stimulate cooperation between the different road users. The attempt is also aimed at reducing traffic and improving air quality.
The plan of action will hopefully minimise dangerous parking and promote respectful driving when interacting with cyclists as well; but these are not the only points, as it seems the police force will be able to count on a new back office that will provide an opportunity to analyse video evidence (dashcam footage included) submitted by the public.
The objective is to bring about a general improvement in road safety and protect users that are more at risk such as cyclists or pedestrians.