Canada: New monetary penalties to strengthen railway safety enforcement

OTTAWA, Canada - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, is proposing regulations that will provide Transport Canada with new enforcement tools for railway companies that violate the Railway

Canada: New monetary penalties to strengthen railway safety enforcement

OTTAWA, Canada – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, is proposing regulations that will provide Transport Canada with new enforcement tools for railway companies that violate the Railway Safety Act.

The proposed Railway Safety Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations, which introduce fines of up to $250,000, will further enhance Transport Canada’s ability to quickly enforce safety requirements. These types of administrative penalties—already used in the marine and aviation sectors—provide a faster alternative to prosecution.

The proposed regulations will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 17, 2014. Stakeholders and the public have 30 days to provide comments, which will be considered before the regulations are finalized and published in Canada Gazette, Part II.

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If an inspection reveals that a company is not following the rules, Transport Canada does not hesitate to take appropriate action, which is based on the severity of the safety issue and can involve one or more of several compliance and enforcement tools.
The Minister of Transport will be able to fine railway companies for violating the Railway Safety Act and its associated rules and regulations.
Proposed penalties are based on the severity of the violation. The maximum amount will be $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation.
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The proposed regulations introduce penalties as an additional enforcement tool to improve railway safety. These monetary penalties will help crack down on rule-breakers and improve the safety of the Canadian railway system.”

The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport

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