The RSDAA understand that surveillance devices are increasingly being used by rideshare drivers around Australia.

The main reason drivers are reverting to installing these recording devices is for their own personal protection and also for fear of being deactivation by rideshare operators.

Rideshare drivers occasionally face false allegations from riders and feel secure with recording devices onboard to protect their innocence.

Drivers do need protection but misuse of surveillance footage is a major concern.

The Rideshare Drivers Association of Australia believe in riders privacy but also understand the rights of drivers to be protected in their own vehicles.

Large numbers of rideshare drivers drive more than 40+ hours every week and recording devices may provide valuable evidence in cases of assault where the driver is seriously injured. The incidences of such assaults on drivers are on the increase.

Recording devices can also prove liability in the case of motor vehicle accidents, so drivers feel protected having devices onboard.

In the incident with Karl Stefanovic we firmly believe that Karl’s personal conversation should not have been referred to any third parties as it is against Privacy Laws.

Sharing private conversations to third parties for monetary gains is against the Rideshare Drivers Association Code of Ethics and we hope that this invasion of privacy does not occur again.

Rosalina Kariotakis
Rideshare Drivers Association of Australia (RSDAA)