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

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.”

By installing voice and video recorders in locomotive cabs such as this one, Canada’s railways believe they will be able to prevent accidents.

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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Contact:

Michael Gullo
Communications
613-564-8103
mgullo@railcan.ca

About the Railway Association of Canada

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) represents more than 50 freight and passenger railway companies that move close to 82 million passengers and more than $280 billion worth of goods in Canada each year. The RAC advocates on behalf of its members and associate members to ensure that the rail sector remains globally competitive, sustainable, and most importantly, safe. Learn more at www.railcan.ca. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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