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CN to boost fines for overloaded cars

Manitoba grain growers loading producer cars to roll on CN track will need to carefully check cars’ load limits or risk fines of up to $10,000 per car, the Canadian Wheat Board warns.CNon Jan. 1, 2009 will raise

the fee from $1,560 per car to $10,000 per car in cases where it determines it’s unsafe to complete a trip due to overloaded or improperly loaded rail cars, the CWB said. A rail car that exceeds its load limit but can still safely complete a trip will mean only a $1,000 fine.

Farmers loading producer cars are advised to check the load limit (gross weight, less the tare weight) of the cars they load, as not all grain cars carry the same load capacity, the CWB said. If the stencils on a given rail car are unclear, a farmer should contact CN (1-866-926-7245) with the car number for more information on the car’s weight specs, the CWB said.

In the same notice, the CWB announced that the sign-up deadlines for its 2009-10 Wheat Storage Program and its 2009-10 Churchill Storage Program have both been extended to Jan. 30, 2009.



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