Ottawa is finally moving on the Transportation Safety Board's recommendations to improve railway safety in the wake of last summer's Lac-Mégantic disaster.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced the federal government's several measures, effective immediately.
They include a three-year phase-out or retrofitting of older DOT-111 tank cars that figured in the derailment and explosions that incinerated the centre of the Quebec town and killed 47 people.
However, CBC News noted, the government will not implement a key safety board recommendation that Canada's railways do route planning for dangerous-goods trains.
Raitt also told a news conference the railways have 30 days to remove from service tank cars that are the least crash-resistant and lack continuous reinforcing of the lower part of their shells. It's estimated about 5,000 are in use in North America, CBC News said.
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