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Each day TFO Canada publishes a sample of trade news on the Canadian import market along with any new, updated or changed regulations and legislations regarding international trade; countries in which TFO Canada offers services and on the export sectors which it promotes.


New Rail and Dangerous Goods Requirements Announced

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 > 13:31:15


The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today (June 27th) announced new rules aimed at further safeguarding communities along our country's railway lines.


The new measures, which the Minister highlighted as part of her call with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities earlier today, introduce amendments under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act; the Railway Safety Management System Regulations; and the Transportation Information Regulations. Key changes include:


Requiring 35 provincially regulated railway and light-rail companies operating on federal track to develop and implement Safety Management Systems; 


Formalizing new DOT-111 tank car standards that will require thicker steel walls and other reinforcements to reduce the risk of spills on impact; and


Improving data reporting requirements for railways, requiring them to proactively identify and address safety risks before accidents happen.


These changes will help build a stronger safety culture among railway companies, strengthen requirements for rail tank cars and other means of containment, and help reduce the risk of accidents.
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