Canadian Pacific (CP) has voiced its support for calls of the proactive use of Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) in Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s introduced bill, the Transportation Modernization Act.
"Minister Garneau has shown tremendous political leadership with today's announcement on inward-facing cameras, and I thank him for his commitment to safety," said remarked Keith Creel, CP's president and CEO. "Having the ability to use this technology in a proactive manner will allow us to prevent incidents and improve rail safety – further protecting the public, our employees and the goods we transport for our customers."
CP noted that the "Transportation Modernization Act proposes to amend the Railway Safety Act to mandate the installation of LVVR in locomotive cabs to further enhance the safety of the rail transportation system in Canada," and includes allowing federally regulated companies "to conduct analysis via random sampling in order to identify safety concerns as part of ongoing safety management; to determine the cause of a reportable accident/incident not being investigated by the TSB; and to address a prescribed safety threat."
For years, CP has advocated for LVVR, but only if the technology can be used in a proactive way to shape behaviors and prevent accidents before they happen. CP currently uses LVVR technology in 50 of its locomotives in the United States, where studies show a 40-percent reduction in collisions per million miles travelled.
"By implementing LVVR as a preventative, proactive, behavior-changing tool we will promote safe behaviors and improve safety," Creel added. "We recognize the need to use this technology in a way that is respectful of our employees, and are committed to working closely with government, regulators and the unions to do so."
CP launched an awareness campaign that highlights the safety benefits of the proactive use of inward-facing cameras.
CP will provide further comment on the Transportation Modernization Act as it reviews the details of the bill.