I have been driving for nearly 35 years. I have a license for any size heavy truck, motorbike, car, I spent time as a police officer in traffic patrol, and I regularly participate in motorsports such as circuit racing. After having dealt with the aftermath of traffic accidents in the police I am all for road safety, but black boxes are not among measures which I think are necessary. Generally they only benefit insurance companies who make money out of them being fitted and being able to refuse claims based on the most trivial of reasons, based on their own criteria. They are also an invasion of privacy, and are not an indicator of driving ability or safe driving. We all have experienced seeing someone who might be driving slowly and within the law, but who obviously has inadequate awareness and what we would generalize as a "bad" driver, and yet others who might for example brake vigorously at times but can be a very perceptive driver, but solely based on black box data could be classed as driving aggressively and who contributed towards an accident, which may be very far from the truth.
Unfortunately in years to come these boxes will probably become required by insurance companies, but if you refuse one due to "freedom of choice" then your insurance costs will no doubt end up being prohibitive. I have nothing to hide, I genuinely stick to the speed limits, haven't had an accident in over 25 years, and I confine any "enthusiastic driving" to the race track, but if these boxes become an expected requirement, I will exchange my modern car for an old classic to which these boxes can't be fitted. I may have nothing to hide, but I object to my every movement being scrutinized, and also being subjected to interpretation by a computer or by someone sat in an office who wasn't in the car with me to determine in real life whether or not any of my actions were acceptable.
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