Bill Summary for S 463 (2019-2020)

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Apr 2 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 463 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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.
Intro. by Van Duyn, Sanderson.

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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 One 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 offense 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 C.F.R. 218.22 ("utility employee").  Defines light engine as a locomotive with no cars attached. Effective January 1, 2020.  

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