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Transport Canada’s Lax Safety Practices Go Beyond Rail

Posted August 21, 2014

Under Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Amber Hildebrandt – CBC News)

The deadly Lac-Mégantic train crash – and this week’s safety board report into what happened – raises questions not only about government oversight of the rail industry but of other sectors like air, marine and food as well, engineers and transportation experts say.

On Tuesday, the Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the worst rail disaster in Canada’s history. In it, the watchdog agency criticized how the federal government ensures regulated companies follow safety rules.

TSB called on Transport Canada, the “guardian of public safety,” to audit railway companies more thoroughly and frequently, saying Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway ran “largely unchecked.” Read more here.