Canada mandates tank car upgrades

Apr 25, 2014 | 11:44 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Transport Canada, rail cars, tank cars, Canada regulations, Lisa Raitt, William Furman, Greenbrier, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Canada has ordered the "immediate" removal of 5,000 tank cars from service as part of a series of rulings issued this past week designed to improve safety, according to a spokeswoman for Transport Canada.

Transport Canada issued a "protective direction" effective April 23 that removes the "least crash-resistant DOT-111 tank cars from dangerous goods service," according to the government agency. It will also require DOT-111 cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that don’t meet standards published earlier this year to be "phased out or refitted" by April 23, 2017. ....

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