Railways to face fines up to $250k for safety violations

by MM&D Online Staff

OTTAWA, ONTARIO—The minister of transport is proposing regulations to provide the government with enforcement tools for railway companies that violate the Railway Safety Act.

The proposed Railway Safety Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations, which introduce fines of up to $250,000, will  enhance Transport Canada’s ability to enforce safety requirements. These types of administrative penalties—already used in the marine and aviation sectors—provide a faster alternative to prosecution.

The Minister of Transport will be able to fine railway companies for violating the Railway Safety Act and its associated rules and regulations. Proposed penalties are based on the severity of the violation. The maximum amount will be $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation.

The proposed regulations will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 17, 2014. Stakeholders and the public have 30 days to provide comments, which will be considered before the regulations are finalized and published in Canada Gazette, Part II.