Railroads; freight train crew size requirements, civil penalty. (HB440)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Railroads; crew size; civil penalty. Requires a train or light engine used in connection with the movement of railroad freight in the Commonwealth to operate with a crew of at least two individuals, unless such movement involves hostler service or utility employees in yard service. The State Corporation Commission shall have discretion to fine a person willfully violating this requirement an amount not to exceed $500 for a first offense and an amount not to exceed $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. The measure has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2020. Read the Bill »

Status

01/23/2020: In Committee

History

DateAction
01/03/2020Committee
01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102226D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/08/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB440)
01/16/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2020Read first time
01/21/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/22/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N 1-A)
01/22/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Comments

R. HOBBS writes:

HB440 FREIGHT TRAIN CREW SIZE REQUIREMENT

ALL RAILROADS OPERATING IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA NEED TO 2 QUALIFIED CREW MEMBERS ON A TRAIN FOR PUBLIC SAFETY . FREIGHT TRAINS CARRY ALL DIFFERENT OF MATERIALS AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS .
TRAINS NOW CAN REACH UP TO 3 MILES LONG IN SOME CASES BLOCKING MULTIPLE CROSSINGS .
IT TAKES 2 CREW MEMBERS TO ACT TOGETHER AND OPEN UP AND FREE CROSSING FOR TRAFFIC & MOST IMPORTANT TO LET EMERGENCY VEHICLES THROUGH FIRE TRUCKS , AMBULANCES , POLICE .
RAILROADS RUN THROUGH TOWNS & CITIES AND THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO HAVE RAIL-CREW MEMBERS ON SITE
TO ACT IMMEDIATELY IN CASE OF A PROBLEM AND NOT TO BE PUT ON HOLD , IF THERE A EMERGENCY ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY .
SAFETY FOR THE PUBLIC COMES FIRST , WALL STREET NEEDS TO KNOW PUBLIC SAFETY NOT FOR SALE !

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