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February 2, 2011

Strahl proposes new regulations for Canada’s bridges and tunnels

OTTAWA

Chuck Strahl, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced proposed regulations to address operation and maintenance violations concerning the nation’s bridges and tunnels.

The Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations (AMP Regulations) would establish a method outside of the courts to address violations under the International Bridges and Tunnels Act. There are currently 25 Canadian vehicular international bridges and tunnels, and nine international railway structures with various forms of ownership and governance structures covered under the act.

The proposed regulations would set up a ticketing system by creating fines for infractions under the act and regulations. For example, penalties could be imposed for the construction of an international bridge without government approval or if a corporate owner fails to submit an inspection report to the minister.

Penalties would range from a maximum of $5,000 per day for individuals to a maximum of $25,000 per day for corporations. Current enforcement tools include issuing Ministerial Orders and initiating criminal proceedings.

“These proposed regulations would improve the Government of Canada’s ability to efficiently oversee existing international bridges and tunnels,” Strahl said. “They would help ensure important infrastructure continues to operate safely and effectively.”

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