Statement

Canada’s railways support mandatory installation of locomotive voice and video recorders to increase safety

OTTAWA, May 16, 2017 – The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) is reviewing the Transportation Modernization Act tabled today by Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

“We are very pleased with the provision on locomotive voice and video recorders,” said RAC President and CEO Michael Bourque. “This technology is working to increase safety in other jurisdictions where it has been deployed. This requirement addresses a key Transportation Safety Board recommendation that has been on its Watchlist since 2012.”

Canada’s railways have long advocated for the implementation of locomotive voice and video recorders (LVVR) on trains. Allowing railways to use on-board voice and video recordings in the context of proactive safety management will be instrumental in the rail industry’s efforts towards accident prevention. RAC strongly supported the Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that the federal government implement LVVR and introduce legislation to permit the technology’s expanded use.

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