Transport Canada introduces new legislation in response to Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy

It has been over a year since the tragic event in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, where a runaway train comprised of oil tanker cars derailed and exploded killing 47 people on July 6, 2013.

Since then there has been a flurry of activity at the federal level to address this event, including the writing of new legislation to address safety management systems, and regulations and rules pertaining to the securing, movement and design of railway way equipment that handle dangerous goods.

At a provincial level there is relative impact to provincially certified railway operations. BC Safety Authority (BCSA) and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will review all legislation that Transport Canada introduces and take appropriate action where it makes sense to provincial railway operations.

Please visit Transport Canada’s Rail website for the latest updates and initiatives.

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