MarketDeal24.Com – The government of Canada on Sunday declared new measures to lower speed limits in trains hauling harmful goods like diesel, gasoline and chemicals to cut the risk of derailment, effective immediately.
Trains carrying 20 or more cars with harmful substances will be confined to 35 miles per hour (56 kph) in metropolitan areas and to 40 mph non-metropolitan areas with no track signals, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau remarked in a statement.
Last week, Garneau announced a temporary speed limit after a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) train hauling oil derailed and caught on fire near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, the second such derailment in the area in the last two months.
For higher risk trains, including those with any combination of 80 or more cars containing harmful substance, the speed limit will be 30 mph for urban areas and 25 mph for places with no track markings, the statement added.
Canadian National Railway Co, the country’s largest railway, said in a statement it stands by the decision taken by Canada’s Transport Minister.