The Act currently requires that decisions rendered by the arbitrator be commercially fair and reasonable to both shippers and railways. The new provision provides guidance for the arbitrator to take into consideration the shipper's transportation needs to maintain and grow its business, as well as the railway's need to operate an efficient network for the benefit of all users. In rendering a decision the arbitrator will consider the specific circumstances of the situation, including any voluntary commitments made by the shipper to the railway.The new provision allows for an Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) of up to $100,000 to be applied against a railway for each confirmed violation of an arbitrated service agreement.
The Harper Government Moves To Strengthen Rail Freight Service
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