Know the law
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.
Some vehicles are required by law to stop
at all uncontrolled railway crossings. These
• 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
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
• 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.