SIA makes recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration

Monday, December 1, 2014

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association Nov. 6 recommended incorporating image and audio recording technologies to safety onboard U.S. passenger and freight trains to an advisory committee of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA will require cameras on trains by April 1, 2015.

The new SIA Transportation Policy Working Group made its recommendations on Oct. 29 to the FRA Rail Safety Advisory Committee, which is making a federal requirement for lead train cabs to have cameras and recording devices.

"A carefully considered requirement for camera technology onboard passenger and freight trains would go a long way to ensuring the safety and security of people and material traveling U.S. railways," said SIA director of government relations Jake Parker said in a prepared statement.

These recommendations between SIA and the Rail Safety Advisory Committee have been in development for the past several months.