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Know the law

Controlled crossings

A controlled crossing is one with a flag
person, stop sign, crossing gate or an
electric or mechanical signalling device. All
vehicles are required to stop at controlled
railway crossings if signalled to do so.

Uncontrolled crossings

Some vehicles are required by law to stop
at all uncontrolled railway crossings. These
vehicles are:
• school buses
• vehicles carrying explosives as a cargo
   or part of their cargo
• vehicles designated for carrying
   flammable liquids or gas, whether the
   vehicle is loaded or empty.

If a police officer or a properly identified
railway flag person is at the crossing, obey
his or her direction as to whether or not to
proceed at the crossing. Also, be aware
that municipalities may have a bylaw, in
addition to provincial regulations, that
govern your action of whether or not to
stop. This bylaw may apply at any or all
railway crossings within their jurisdiction.

Fire and fire
extinguishers

A fire can start from several causes.
Here are some tips to prevent fires.
• Never start a vehicle with a fuel leak.
   Repair the leak and use an approved
   absorbent material to soak up the
   fuel spill.
• Shut off the engine when refueling.
• Touch the fuel hose nozzle against the
   filler pipe of the vehicle tank before
   filling to ground it. This prevents sparks
   caused by static electricity.
• Do not smoke near the fueling areas.
• Check your tire pressure often. Soft tires
   build heat and can cause a fire.
• Ensure that all your vehicle’s brakes
   are fully released when the vehicle is
   moving. Dragging brakes generate heat
   that can ignite grease in the hubs when
   the vehicle stops. 

 

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