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8/23/2007



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Canadian panel to draft report on federal rail safety act review



A review panel recently completed a series of public meetings across Canada and is ready to begin penning a report on ways to improve the nation’s railway safety act.

In fall, the panel will submit a report to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Panel members, who were appointed by the Canadian government in February, might recommend amending the safety act.

Canada last conducted an independent review of the act in 1994 and amended the law in 1999. The panel will address enforcement powers associated with administrative monetary penalties; minimum safety requirements; rule application consistency; delegated powers to railroad safety inspectors; engineering requirements; and legislative authority.


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