Canada will implement locomotive voice and video recorder rules

The Government of Canada announced the publication of proposed Locomotive Voice and Video Recorder Regulations that specify the technical requirements for rail companies to install these devices on-board their locomotives.

By providing accident investigators with insight into crew communications and actions, locomotive voice and video recorders can help improve rail safety by reducing the risk of future accidents. Information from these locomotive voice and video recorders can also be used by rail companies to identify and manage safety risks.

The Government says the proposed regulations reflect a careful balance between measures to increase safety benefits, while safeguarding the privacy rights of railway employees.

A 60-day public consultation period follows the pre-publication of the Locomotive Voice and Video Recorder Regulations. The feedback that is collected will be considered in the development of the final regulations.

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