The Railway Association of Canada has applauded the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s request for installation of in-cab video cameras and voice recorders in all mainline controlling locomotives in the nation.
“Our railway members are anxious to install these devices in locomotives. We have been on record for some time now with Transport Canada and the TSB, having informed both organizations that we wish to use video and audio as part of our safety management systems to prevent accidents,” said Michael Bourque, president and CEO of Railway Association of Canada, in a written statement.
“We note that the TSB confirms that, under current legislation, it would be illegal for railway companies to use recordings as part of a safety management system to prevent accidents. This must change,” Bourque concluded.
The Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act limits the use of voice and video recordings to TSB staff in post-event investigations.