Muni now has a new tool at its disposal to ensure the department’s bus drivers are following the rules of the road.
On Tuesday, the department announced it has installed DriveCam, an exterior and interior camera system that will record and monitor any collisions or unsafe driving maneuvers by Muni’s bus operators.
Muni will use footage from the cameras to review accidents, determine liability from collisions, and reduce excess expenses, including workers compensation claims. The cameras, which cost $1.2 million to install, will also help the department find examples of exemplary driving techniques.
“This state of the art system is an important tool to improve the safe operation of Muni vehicles,” said department chief Nat Ford.
The DriveCam system is a completely different entity from Muni’s own internal camera system, which has come under fire lately for its failure to capture crimes on public buses.