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Canada Toughens Train Brake Rules, to Impose ‘Audit Blitz’

Posted October 30, 2014

Under Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Richard Valdmanis – Reuters)

Canada has issued an emergency order to railways detailing how many handbrakes they must set on unattended trains to prevent deadly runaways, and will hire new staff to conduct an “audit blitz” of rail companies’ safety systems.

The changes are the latest in a slew of regulatory moves in North America since a train carrying crude oil crashed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last year, killing 47 people and highlighting the dangers from a surge in oil transport by rail. Read more here.

Related:List of Rail Safety Measures Enacted by Transport Canada To Date (CP)