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Canada increases fines for rail trespassing, interfering with operations

(Source: Transport Canada press release, June 23, 2021)

OTTAWA — Railways are a crucial part of our national transportation network, delivering important products and commodities to Canadians, or to ports for export. The Government of Canada is taking action to enhance the safety and security of Canada’s railway system, railway employees, railway passengers, as well as those living and working near Canada’s rail corridors.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced amendments to the Contraventions Regulations, with regard to provisions under the Railway Safety Act that increase the fine amounts for trespassing onto property where railway lines are located and for not giving way at railway crossings.

With these amendments, the fine for trespassing property where railway lines are located have increased from $100 to $500, while the fine for not giving way at railway crossings have increased from $150 to $750. Contravention tickets reflecting these increased fine amounts can be issued starting today.

Increased incidents of trespassing and interfering with the safe operation of the railway system provide sufficient evidence that the original amounts of the fines were not significant enough to deter these dangerous actions. This is a major cause for concern, given the safety risks.

Large moving trains confronted with unexpected obstacles on a rail line cannot stop instantly and this presents an extreme hazard to the life of those inside and outside a moving train.

Full story: www.canada.ca

Thursday, June 24, 2021

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