Opinion: Proposed rules could change markings on dangerous goods
Transport Canada has proposed a series of amendments to existing Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), as it looks to align with the 20th edition of the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The end results will likely affect classification information, shipping names, and other special provisions, and better align with U.S. regulations when it comes to the safety marks on dangerous goods.
UPS expands dangerous goods shipping program
ATLANTA, GA - UPS has announced it has expanded its global dangerous goods shipping program to include 400 additional commodities that can be accepted in its global air network, with 300 additional commodities across its European ground network. In addition, the company has also increased permitted quantity of select dangerous goods accepted for shipment.
Call to ban hazardous loads in storms “not feasible”: OTA
PRESCOTT, ON - Prescott mayor Brett Todd may want to ban hazardous cargo from Highway 401 during stormy conditions, but the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has responded in a letter that such a move is simply "not feasible". The mayor originally voiced his concerns at a council meeting in late March, following a March 14 crash and related hazardous material spill near Mallorytown that closed the highway for 30 hours. "Why are there not regulations to keep this type of hazardous material off the road when the weather is bad?" the mayor said at the council meeting, according to the Brockville Recorder. Todd added that the town of Prescott's location along the 401 corridor leaves it vulnerable to incidents like that.
Changes Proposed to Dangerous Goods Transportation Reporting
OTTAWA -- Transport Canada has posted in the Canada Gazette proposed changes to reporting requirements when it comes to regulations over spills or accidents involving the transportation of dangerous goods. Regulators are providing a comment period, after which they will review comments from industry. No timeline has been established for when Transport Canada will finalize the proposal. Highlights from the proposed amendments include: A new definition of the release of dangerous goods; Amendments to reporting requirements to introduce circumstances under which a report is required; Exceptions where the reporting obligation does not apply; The reporting of the loss or theft of dangerous goods; The reporting of unlawful interference with dangerous goods; and New reporting criteria for misdeclared or undeclared dangerous goods to harmonize with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) reporting requirements.