OTTAWA, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, today released a study by the Advisory
Council on Rail Safety's Working Group on Locomotive Voice and Video
Recorders (LVRs), which calls for the voluntary installation of
voice/video recording devices on locomotives by railway companies. It
should be noted that VIA Rail has committed to installing voice
recorders on all its locomotives.
"I wish to thank the Advisory Council for its work, which will inform
measures to improve rail safety in Canada," said Minister Lebel. "Our
government accepts the report's findings, and supports the voluntary
use of voice recorders. We applaud VIA Rail's commitment to voluntarily
installing voice recorders on all their trains, and we strongly
encourage other rail operators to consider doing the same."
Today, the Minister also wrote to the Railway Association of Canada and
individual railway companies to strongly encourage installation of
The working group, comprised of representatives from the railways,
unions and Transport Canada, undertook a comprehensive study of the
issue of locomotive voice and video recorders at the request of the
Minister following a VIA Rail train derailment in Burlington, Ontario
on February 26, 2012.
The Government of Canada is committed to working with industry to
improve rail safety. On May 1, 2013, the government announced the
coming into force of amendments to the Railway Safety Act to encourage railway companies to create and maintain a culture of
safety and penalize rule breakers by enabling the Government of Canada
require railway companies to submit environmental management plans;
crack down on rule breakers with tough new monetary penalties and
increased judicial penalties;
create whistleblower protection for employees who raise safety concerns;
require each railway to have an executive legally responsible for
emphasize the central importance of safety management systems
The Advisory Council on Rail Safety's Working Group Final Report on LVRs
is available here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/railsafety/rsar-915.htm.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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