I have been in taxicab management for 25 years and accidents are a real profit killer as everybody knows.
In San Francisco it is very, very rare that anybody admits fault in an accident. Typically a collision occurs at an intersection and the other parties insurance company says "My guy says your guy caused the accident so you can sue him if you want. We are not paying you." That usually ends up in me fixing my own cabs and my insurance company works out what they work out. Going to Small Claims Court is rarely advised because each driver tells a different story but neither can prove his case.
Now that I have Janus cameras in the cabs there is no arguing about fault and the cameras easily paid for themselves within a very short time. I have saved tons of money buy my insurance company saved as much as my entire annual premium in the first five accidents due to injuries they will not pay for.
I have to say that having these cameras are the best improvement in twenty five years.
Richard Hybels, Metro Cab
Due to the increasing violence in our city, we made the decision to equip our entire taxi fleet of 110 vehicles with the Janus Cams. A few days after installing the cameras, a female driver was robbed and locked in her trunk at gunpoint. Thanks to the Janus Cam we were able to provide the police with great video of the suspects and they were subsequently arrested. The cameras in our cabs provide an extra level of security for our drivers and passengers.
Yellow Cab of Pensacola
March 22, 2013
City Service Taxi Association, Inc.
2601 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60659
City Service Taxi Association is a Chicago based affiliation comprised of nearly 400 independent taxi medallion owners. Our company has been in business for nearly 50 years. Through our garage (Erickson Communications, LLC) we have been working with Peter Park and his Janus Cam staff for the past 2-years. During those years we have purchased over 2000 Janus V2 Video Cameras. Those 2000 cameras along with another 1000 plus are installed in Chicago taxicabs.
We have used other manufactures products; they did not have the features that Janus Cameras provide. Janus Camera is priced at considerable savings over their competitors.
The staff at Janus Cam has conducted themselves professionally by providing products and technical support in a timely manner. Janus’s competitors did not provide the level of service that we demand.
City Service carriers a $25,000.00 deductible on our liability insurance. We are confident in carrying this deductible in part due to the Janus Cameras; they allow us to view all accidents. By having this important tool we are able to adjust claims quickly and efficiently. The benefit of using Janus Cameras and the screening of drivers in our fleet has reduced the cost of our insurance by some 30%.
We feel that Janus Cam is an industry leader and we will continue our relationship with them.
Cometas Dilanjian, President
City Service Taxi Association, Inc.
March 9, 2012
3rd Eye Camera
31 Airport Blvd. Suite G3
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I am bringing to your attention several issues that are important regarding Janus Camera and the Taxicab Industry in California.
First, we have seen that those Cab Companies that have extended the resources to install the Camera and use it's technology have experienced a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of claims.
Second, claims in the past that were deemed the fault of the Driver and the Company have now, with the help of this Camera, been able to turn the tide and show that often it is the adverse parties fault and not the taxicab.
Lastly, the drivers. Originally they were reluctant to accept the Camera and were concerned about their privacy. Now they see, with proper implementation, the Camera in many instances is actually saving their jobs.
As you know, Insurance companies now offer a discount to those Cab Companies that install Cameras in their vehicles. The evidence in the camera has become importantly relevant to the discovery of an accident.
I am confident that eventually the installation of Cameras in Taxicabs will be mandated by most municipalities in California.
I look forward to a busy 2012 working with 3rd Eye, not only in San Francisco, but all of California.
Y. A. Tittle Insurance and Financial Services