As we prepare to learn the Transportation Safety Board's conclusions from the fatal derailment of VIA 92 last year, it looks like the government is still not taking the safety of Canada's railways seriously. By continuing to allow in-cab recorders to be a voluntary measure, there is a chance that more incidents will be harder to investigate. Both GO and VIA have installed in-cab recording equipment, so at least most passengers will be safe.
The other side of this issue is the serious concerns voiced by the railway unions about how recorded data would be used. This is a fair point: will it be used for safety investigations, or to spy on train crews? This entire issue needs to be taken seriously.
Railways to decide whether to install voice recorders in trains | Toronto Star