Canada: Auditor General recommends further action

3 Dec

The fall report of the Auditor General of Canada, published on November 26th, 2013, includes an extensive section on railway safety including federal oversight of railways’ safety management systems through Transport Canada and progress in addressing long-standing railway safety issues, including level crossing safety.

In so far as level crossings are concerned the Auditor General has highlighted the need to finalise federal regulations for level crossing requirements and clarify the roles and responsibilities of federally regulated railways for the maintenance of level crossings.

Lisa Raitt, Canada’s federal Minister of Transport, on the same day, agreed with the recommendations outlined in the Auditor General’s report.

Ms Raitt said “The Auditor General’s report, which examined Transport Canada’s oversight of the Safety Management Systems (SMS) of federal railways for the 2011-2012 period, provides a valuable review of our Safety Management Systems oversight program”.

Continuing she said “My department has developed an accelerated plan to respond to all the recommendations and has already begun working to implement most of them”. In the matter of the Regulations pertaining to level crossings [and other matters] is concerned she added “Transport Canada is accelerating the development and implementation of regulations stemming from the recent amendments to the Railway Safety Act”.

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