Transport Canada implements new fire prevention measures for railways
The federal government is taking action to improve rail safety and security.
This week, the Minister of Transport announced two new rail safety measures.
One will focus on preventing railway-related fires, while the other will improve the resilience of Canada‘s railway infrastructure against climate change impacts, such as floods, landslides and disaster hazards. ‘fire.
New rules are now in place to help prevent fires on railway property and in surrounding communities.
These new rules oblige railway companies to:
Reduce train speeds and perform additional track inspections when temperatures are high to reduce the risk of derailment caused by track conditions;
Inspect locomotive exhaust systems more frequently to ensure that they are free of any deposits that could pose a fire hazard; and
Implement a fire risk reduction plan.
The fire risk reduction plan is robust and requires companies to monitor fire risk levels, manage vegetation, reduce activities that can start fires, and respond to detected fires.
Companies must also involve local governments and indigenous communities in their plans.
Transport Canada is also implementing a rail climate change adaptation program.
The program will support the research, development and implementation of innovative technologies, tools and approaches to better understand and address the growing risks and impacts of climate change on the Canadian rail sector.
The Climate Change Adaptation Rail Program will provide up to $2.2 million in funding to Canadian railways to share research costs, with project submissions from eligible railways being accepted until September 28, 2022 .