Transport Canada proposes safety regulations to support the International Bridges and Tunnels Act



    OTTAWA, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced proposed
regulations that would support the International Bridges and Tunnels Act by
introducing requirements for owners of Canada's 24 vehicular international
bridges and tunnels to inspect and report to the Minister of Transport on the
safety of their structures on a regular basis.
    The proposed regulations would apply to the Canadian sections of the
vehicular international bridges and tunnels, and put into place requirements
concerning reporting and scheduled inspections. They would also require
reports every two years on maintenance and operations, including frequency and
type of major maintenance performed, inspection results, the type of vehicles
permitted and any restrictions placed on them. In addition, the reports would
also identify any necessary actions to ensure the structures are kept in good
condition.
    "These proposed regulations, coupled with the recently published
alteration, construction, ownership and operation guidelines, will provide a
consistent approach to ensuring that all international bridge and tunnel
structures are properly managed and maintained," said Minister Cannon. "This
will help protect national security and the vital trade links on which our
economy depends."
    The International Bridges and Tunnels Act, which received Royal Assent in
2007, has formalized the federal government's oversight responsibility for the
operation, maintenance and security of these international bridges and
tunnels. The proposed regulations will help satisfy this oversight
responsibility.
    The proposed amendments have been published in the Canada Gazette,
Part I, and a 30-day response period will follow until April 21, 2008. During
the consultations, interested parties may provide their comments to the
department. After consideration of all comments received, Transport Canada
will finalize the amendments and publish them in the Canada Gazette, Part II,
at which time the regulations will come into effect.
    There are currently 24 international vehicular bridges and tunnels, and
nine international railway structures with various forms of ownership and
governance structures.

    If you would like more information about the proposed regulations, please
visit the following website:
canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2008/20080322/pdf/g1-14212.pdf




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