AN ACT TO PROHIBIT A TRAIN OR LIGHT ENGINE USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE MOVEMENT OF FREIGHT FROM BEING OPERATED IN THIS STATE UNLESS IT HAS A CERTAIN NUMBER OF CREW MEMBERS.
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.
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