Bill Summaries: H822 (2021)

  • Summary date: May 4 2021 - View summary

    Identical to S 348, filed 3/24/21.

    Amends GS Chapter 136, Article 15 (Railroads), by adding new GS 136-199, requiring a crew of at least two persons for a railroad train or light engine used in a Class I railroad, as defined by the Federal Surface Transportation Board, when moving freight.  Provides that any person who willfully violates this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and will be assessed a fine as follows: (1) first offense, $250 to $1,000; (2) second offense committed within three years of the first, $1,000 to $5,000; (3) third and subsequent offenses within a three-year period, $5,000 to $10,000. Exempts persons who move locomotives unattached to railcars within a rail yard as well as employees who are temporarily assigned to work with train or yard crews consistent with 49 CFR 218.22 ("utility employee").  Defines light engine as a locomotive with no cars attached. Effective January 1, 2022.