New rule for rail ops in non-signalled territory

by Canadian Shipper

Transport Canada is implementing a revised rule that will improve the safety of rail operations in non-signalled territory , or areas that do not use automated devices or signals to control train operations.

“This rule will improve rail safety in Canada by requiring speed reductions, better employee communication protocols, and clear and distinct operating procedures for rail operations in non-signalled territory,” said Transport Minister David Collenette.

The rule (Rule 104 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules) was revised by the Railway Association of Canada and approved by Transport Canada for implementation on December 1, 2001.

In November 2000, the department issued an Emergency Directive under the Railway Safety Act to federally regulated railways which required special operating procedures in non-signalled territory. In the year since the directive was issued, there have been no accidents in non-signalled territory, and a 60 percent decrease in the number of incidents. Implementation of the revised Rule 104 makes the procedures set out in the Emergency Directive permanent.

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