February 25, 2010 | Mark Paradies

NTSB Recommends Audio and Cameras (multidirectional) in Train Cabs

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NTSB SAFETY RECOMMENDATION

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National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594

February 23, 2010

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NTSB Safety Recommendations R-10-1 and -2

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The National Transportation Safety Board makes the following recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration:

Require the installation, in all controlling locomotive cabs and cab car operating compartments, of crash- and fire- protected inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders capable of providing recordings to verify that train crew actions are in accordance with rules and procedures that are essential to safety as well as train operating conditions. The devices should have a minimum 12-hour continuous recording capability with recordings that are easily accessible for review, with appropriate limitations on public release, for the investigation of accidents or for use by management in carrying out efficiency testing and systemwide performance monitoring programs. (R-10-1)

Require that railroads regularly review and use in-cab audio and image recordings (with appropriate limitations on public release), in conjunction with other performance data, to verify that train crew actions are in accordance with rules and procedures that are essential to safety. (R-10-2)

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http://www.ntsb.gov/Recs/letters/2010/R10_001%20_002.pdf

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The complete recommendation letter is available on the Web at the URL indicated above.

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