(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture (MONC), the Department of For Hire Vehicles (DFHV), and DoorDash announced distribution dates for the program that will provide dash cams to District rideshare and mobile delivery drivers at no cost. This program, announced earlier this year, is funded in part by a $500,000 investment from DoorDash. Dash cams will be distributed on Tuesday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 14 from 9 am through 5 pm at RFK Parking Lot 3, located at 2400 East Capitol Street NE, with no appointment necessary.
“We encourage eligible rideshare and delivery drivers to take advantage of this free dash cam distribution program,” said Mayor Bowser. “Cameras help deter crime and video evidence is often critical for closing cases. These dash cams are one more tool we have for keeping people safe and holding criminals accountable.”
Eligible District residents who work as rideshare and mobile delivery drivers will receive dash cams they can install in their cars to record audio and video of their trips, deter crime, and assist law enforcement in solving crimes committed on and near for-hire vehicle drivers. Dash cams will be equipped with microSD cards to store video directly, and drivers will have the ability to independently connect their cameras to cloud storage services for later use.
“We’re constantly working to make dashing even safer, and hope that everyone participating in this program will have even greater peace of mind when out on the road,” said DoorDash’s Head of U.S. Public Policy John Horton. “We are incredibly grateful for our continued partnership with the Bowser administration and their leadership on this important issue. We hope that our work together will collectively help ensure a safer future for the District.”
To receive a dash cam at no cost, rideshare and mobile delivery drivers will be required to provide proof of District residency, their driver’s license number, vehicle information, and proof of their work with a rideshare or food delivery company. Approved drivers will receive a confirmation email containing a unique QR code, which they will present when collecting their dash camera.
Residents interested in registering to receive a dash camera can apply by visiting: tinyurl.com/DashCamDistro.
This dash cam distribution program follows the District’s partnership with Hyundai this summer to provide Hyundai owners with critical software updates and the expansion of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) wheel lock distribution program. Through the Hyundai Mobile Clinic, which took place across five days in July, 1,145 vehicles were upgraded with anti-theft software.