Transport Canada announces ways to make rail tanker cars safer

Transport Canada said Friday that oil-carrying rail cars will be built with greater safety...

Transport Canada said Friday that oil-carrying rail cars will be built with greater safety precautions, in reaction to increased scrutiny from recent derailments. REUTERS/The Transportation Safety Board of Canada/Handout

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:27 PM ET

OTTAWA — Transport Canada said Friday that oil-carrying rail cars will be built with greater safety precautions, in reaction to increased scrutiny from recent derailments.

The regulations — already agreed to by the government — replace existing standards in the transportation of dangerous goods.

Rail safety has made headlines recently in light of numerous derailments, and a weakness in the government’s rail safety oversight was raised in the auditor general’s findings in his fall report.

Among the proposed new requirements are that new DOT 111 cars be built with thicker steel, top-fitting and head-shield protection.

DOT 111 cars have long been criticized because of their vulnerability to leaks and explosions.


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