November 27, 2014: (PR) Transport Canada Established New Requirement for Rail Operators

Transport Canada is now requiring rail operators to hold a Railway Operating Certificate that would allow them to operate trains in the country. This requirement falls under the Railway Safety Act and applies to both new and existing companies. Existing companies do have two years to obtain the certificate but new companies will be required to have the certificate prior to starting operations. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, stated “These new regulations are an added tool for this government to ensure that railway operations are being conducted in the safest manner possible. Railway Operating Certificates represent an additional layer of Transport Canada’s oversight program and further strengthen its enforcement regime.”
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