New regulations under the Railway Safety Act require federally regulated companies to hold a valid Railway Operating Certificate (ROC) to operate in Canada. The Railway Operating Certificate Regulations, which take effect Jan. 1, 2015, establish baseline safety requirements and apply to both new and existing railway companies. Existing companies will have a two-year grace period to obtain an ROC, while new companies will be required to obtain a certificate before operating in Canada. In addition, the new regulations let Transport Canada immediately stop to a company’s operations by suspending or revoking its ROC if a serious violation is identified.
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