ATDF-ASA has written to road freight and logistics industries employer organisations and the bargaining council demanding that in cab cameras be removed immediately.

Speaking to SA Trucker, ATDF-ASA National Secretary Sfiso Nyathi said that the drivecams violate truck drivers’ privacy and as such they should be abolished.

“This issue has been going on for too long, we asked bargaining council to get these cameras removed and they promised to do so but nothing has materialised yet, ” said Nyathi.

Nyathi said his organisation had written to RFA, NEASA and Positive Freight, trade unions and the bargaining council demanding that the cameras are removed on or before the end of June 2022.

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“Drivecams violates our constitutional right to human dignity and privacy, that should never be allowed,”

“Recently, a video was shared on social media, showing controllers laughing at a naked driver, grossly violating his right to privacy. We can’t just sit and watch while our rights are being trampled upon,” Nyathi said.

Responding to Nyathi, NBCRFLI National Secretary, Musa Ndlovu, said the drivecam matter was currently being discussed by the Parties to Council, as soon as an agreement is reached, the industry will be notified accordingly.

However, Ndlovu emphasised that ATDF-ASA does not have locus standi to bargain on Industry matters of mutual concern because they are not a registered trade union.

Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly echoed Ndlovu’s sentiments saying that the matter is between employers and employees and is being dealt with at the appropriate forum between registered and compliant representative bodies of employees and employers.

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