Canada’s Transport Minister has announced a 30 day speed limit for crude oil and other dangerous cargo shipments. The speed limit is effective as of February 7, 2020 for all trains carrying dangerous cargo that have at least 20 cars. These trains will not be permitted to exceed 20 mph in cities and 25 mph everywhere else.
Minister Marc Garneau stated “Rail safety remains my top priority. The derailments of railway cars containing dangerous goods over the past year are concerning. I’m issuing an immediate order to slow trains carrying large quantities of dangerous goods on federally regulated railway tracks across Canada….I have taken this precautionary measure today since there are similarities between today’s accident and other recent rail accidents.”
Canadian Pacific CEO Keith Creel said “CP fully supports this action and it has been implemented effective immediately.”
Fiery freight train derailment prompts Canada to enact 30-day speed limit