Rail transportation safety concerns and advisories

Safety concerns provide a marker to the industry and the regulator that the Board has identified a safety deficiency for which it does not yet have sufficient information to make a recommendation. As more data and analysis becomes available, and if the safety deficiency is found to be systemic and not redressed, the safety concern may lead to a recommendation. Safety concerns are usually communicated in final investigation reports.

Safety advisory letters are concerned with safety deficiencies that pose low to medium risks, and are used to inform regulatory or industry stakeholders of unsafe conditions. A safety advisory letter suggests remedial action to reduce risks to safety.

Product Date issued Subject No. To Related occurrence
Safety advisory letter 2019-03-25 VIA trains coming into contact with track materials placed between the rails in preparation for track work 617-03/19 Transport Canada R19H0021
R19M00157
Safety advisory letter 2019-03-21 Assessment of the safety impact of road accidents in the vicinity of railway crossings 617-02/19 Transport Canada R18M0037
Safety advisory letter 2018-11-16 Clearing trains through Rule 42 work limits 617-09/18 Transport Canada R18H0105
Safety advisory letter 2018-11-14 Breach in the fence of the public walkway fastened to the St-Maurice River bridge 617-08/18 Transport Canada R18Q0075
Safety advisory letter 2018-11-14 Breach in the fence of the public walkway fastened to the St-Maurice River bridge 617-05/18 Transport Canada, Technical Safety BC, Canadian Pacific Railway, Railway Association of Canada, Western Canadian Short Line Railway Association R17V0096
Safety advisory letter 2018-10-09 Securement of loads on flat cars equipped with an A-frame structure 617-07/18 Transport Canada R18D0069
Safety advisory letter 2018-07-19 Potential brake valve failures on cars that have been in long term storage 617-04/18 Transport Canada R18E0007
Safety advisory letter 2018-05-17 Deterrence of trespassing activity on railway property 617-02/18 Transport Canada, Operation Lifesaver Canada R18T0058, R18T0070, R18T0075
Safety advisory letter 2017-11-02 Replacement of rail at the end of its service life 617-12/17 CN R17E0126
Safety advisory letter 2017-10-26 Pedestrian crossing protection in Sainte-Anne, Manitoba 624-20/17 Mayor, Town of Sainte Anne R17W0200
Safety advisory letter 2017-07-18 Assessment of the safety impact of road accidents in the vicinity of railway crossings 617-10/17 Transport Canada R16D0092
Safety advisory letter 2017-05-10 Jurisdictional responsibility for roadway markings at Crush Crescent – Glover Road crossing in Langley, BC 617-06/17 Transport Canada, Transportation and Infrastructure, Township of Langley, CP R15V0191
Safety advisory letter 2016-09-19 Response to the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (SCOTIC) n/a Chair, SCOTIC R16H0002
Safety advisory letter 2016-03-17 Crossing Safety at Crush Crescent–Glover Road in Langley, BC 617-07/16 n/a R15V0191
Safety advisory letter 2015-03-17 Condition of track infrastructure on CN Ruel subdivision 617-04/15 Transport Canada R15H0021
Safety advisory letter 2013-07-19 Securement of Unattended Locomotives 617-08/13 Transport Canada R13D0054
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