Transportation 2030: Safer Transportation
From Transport Canada
“Safer Transportation” is one theme under Transportation 2030, the Government of Canada’s strategic plan for a safe, secure, green, innovative and integrated transportation system.
On this page
- Our goal for this theme
- What Canadians told us
- Where we go from here
- Budget 2017 support
- Our progress
Our goal for this theme
To build a safer, more secure transportation system that Canadians trust.
What Canadians told us
In 2016, we consulted Canadians about our transportation system. Here is what they told us about safety:
- Government and industry should work together so that regulations keep pace with innovation
- Canada needs to be a leader in harmonizing global standards for safety policies and risk management and assessment
- The federal government should:
- consult more with industry before delegations participate in international forums that govern transportation standards
- work with provinces, territories and their regulatory agencies on new technologies, such as automated vehicles
Where we go from here
To meet our goals for safer transportation, we committed to:
- speed up our review of the Railway Safety Act to build on our actions on railway safety
- change the Motor Vehicle Safety Act so we can compel manufacturers to recall defective and unsafe vehicles, and provide for large fines if companies don’t comply with the rules
- make our regulations more flexible to allow for new automotive technologies, while maintaining safety
- expand our use of technology to improve security at airports
- make sure our actions support work on government priorities, such as:
- the safety of Canadians
- international partnerships
- a national innovation agenda
Budget 2017 support
The budget committed $152 million for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Transport Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to continue to improve airport security screening operations.
Proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act
Bill S-2, which proposes changes to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, is proceeding through the law-making process. This bill, if passed, would improve actions taken on:
- vehicle recalls
- vehicles that do not meet standards
- violations to the Act
Review of Railway Safety Act
A review of the Railway Safety Act was launched on April 26, 2017, a year ahead of schedule. The review is being conducted by a three-person panel and supported by analysis and consultations.
The panel will submit a report with recommendations by May 1, 2018.
Transportation Modernization Act
If passed as proposed on May 16, 2017, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) would require that some railway locomotives install voice and video recorders. To protect the privacy of employees, the information these devices gather would only be used for specific reasons by the Transportation Safety Board, railway companies and Transport Canada to improve the safety of railway operations.
- Proposed rules for drones in Canada
- Flying your drone safely and legally
- 2017-05-16 Government of Canada seeking to mandate locomotive voice and video recorders
- Legislation will allow Minister of Transport to order unsafe vehicles off Canadian roads
- Future of transportation roundtable documents
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