Canada: Early Prohibition of Unjacketed Tank-Cars for Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Non-jacketed CPC1232 tank car © Railway Association of Canada

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has welcomed the federal government’s decision to accelerate the prohibition of older, non-jacketed models of tank cars which are used to transport crude oil and condensates, a highly volatile, flammable liquid, on the country’s rail network.

Protective Direction No. 39, which was signed by Marc Garneau, Federal Minister for Transport, will start the phase out CPC-1232 tank cars from transporting crude oil on 1 November 2018. CPC-1232 and DOT-111 tank cars will be prohibited from transporting condensates on 1 January 2019.

Marc Brazeau, CEO of the RAC, said:

“Phasing out these tank cars ahead of schedule will enhance rail safety in Canada. Dangerous goods are part of our way of life and the railway industry continues to work with the government to further improve the transportation of these essential commodities across the country.”

The RAC has long advocated an overhaul of the required safety features on tank-cars, including thicker steel and full-height head shields to protect cars from punctures. These requirements were included in Transport Canada’s TC-117 tank car standard, which was published in May 2015, but the original timeline would have only prohibited the use of these models for transporting crude oil in 2020 and condensates in 2025.

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