Statement on Transport Canada's Proposed Amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

On September 1, 2014, the Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSICTC) delivered its comments to Transport Canada regarding amendments to Proposed Regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods. RSICTC commends Transport Canada’s efforts and endorses several aspects of the Proposed Regulations, which promote safety in the transportation of flammable materials by rail. In other areas, RSICTC believes that the proposed regulations could be tailored to reduce risk without unnecessary disruptions and unintended consequences.

RSI President Tom Simpson noted, “RSICTIC has a longstanding commitment to safety, and stresses the need for harmonization between Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation in the creation of a holistic approach to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. While the most important task is to reduce derailments, a harmonized approach will help create certainty in the standards for new and existing tank cars carrying flammable liquids including both crude oil and ethanol.”
For additional information on RSICTC’s comments and recommendations to Transport Canada, please visit: http://rsiweb.org/about/rsi-committees/ctc.