We can do more
We have an obligation to take all available measures that enhance the safety and security of the communities in which we operate.
As the safest Class 1 railway in North America, CP has always prioritized the safe transportation of goods through the more than 1,100 communities in which we operate. Our industry-leading safety performance is a testament to the attention and discipline our employees put on safety, but we can still do more.
Video and voice recorders in all our locomotives would allow us to identify if safety is being compromised before an incident occurs. For this important technology to be as effective as it possibly can be, we need the proper legislation in place.
We encourage and support Transport Canada in the creation of new legislation and regulations that allow for the use of locomotive video and voice recorders to be used to improve safety.
Effective use of this technology would include the ability for it to be used for investigation after an accident, as well as allowing railways the opportunity to conduct random sampling of footage to detect such things as tampering, cell phone use, sleeping and compliance with other safety-critical rules.
Access to the information would be restricted to areas related to rules and standards compliance, and would not be made available to those in supervisory roles to locomotive crews. Outcomes related to any findings would be managed through the collective agreement processes, as they are today.
We know that the importance of preventing rail accidents and protecting the safety of Canadians outweighs concerns regarding the right to privacy while at work. Employees working in roles that could directly affect their own safety and the safety of others should expect to be monitored.