Transportation Law may include advising shippers, receivers, carriers and insurers on a full range of transportation issues including licensing and public regulation, the carriage of dangerous goods and marine carriage claims.
- The Agency handles general consumer issues and complaints related to air travel. It is also responsible for the licensing system for air carriers who provide domestic or international publicly available air transportation services and for the enforcement of the Canada Transportation Act and its related regulations. As well, the Agency administers a permit system for international charter operations, helps negotiate and implement bilateral air agreements and administers international air tariffs.
- The Agency deals with rate and service complaints arising in the rail industry, as well as disputes between railway companies and other parties over railway infrastructure matters. It also processes applications for certificates of fitness for the proposed construction and operation of railways, and approvals for railway line construction. The Agency determines regulated railway interswitching rates and the railway revenue caps for the movement of western grain. The Agency also develops costing standards and regulations; and audits railway companies' accounting and statistics-generating systems, as required.
- The Agency acts as an economic regulator for certain marine activities. Through its powers and often in response to a complaint, the Agency determines whether tariffs, tolls and fees are unjust, unreasonable, discriminatory or prejudicial to the public interest. The Agency also protects the interests of Canadian vessel operators when dealing with applications to use foreign vessels in Canada, while allowing foreign equipment to be used when suitable Canadian vessels are not available.
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