Reflective Stripping for Rail Cars

Res #: 38-02A
Number: 38
Year: 2002
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Transport Canada

Resolution 38-02A 

WHEREAS, semi trailers, livestock trailers and other forms of highway transportation of goods must have reflective stripping attached to the sides; and 

WHEREAS, railway cars on crossings at night are almost impossible to see, creating an even greater danger to the driving public; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Federal Government compel railway companies to affix reflective stripping to all railway cars.

Response From Transport Canada:

I have noted you resolution that the federal government should compel railway companies to affix reflective materiel to all railway cares, in much the same way that trailers and other forms of freight transportation must have reflective materiel attached. You will no doubt be pleased to learn that, since 1959, a Board of Transport Commissioners for Canada Order (Order 123336) has required Canadian railways to have reflective material (reflectors) displayed on both sides of all Canadian-owned freight cars. The type of reflector has recently been upgraded to a prismatic-design conspicuity tape or decal, which is placed on all new cars when they are built for Canadian railways and on existing cars when they enter railway shops for refurbishment of heavy repair. Canadian railways applied new prismatic reflective material to over 6,000 cars in 2001, and plan to meet or surpass that number in 2002.