Final Rule

Conductor Certification

  • 09
  • Nov
  • 2011
DOCKET NUMBER: 2009-0035
SUBJECT: Conductor Certification, Operating Practices
KEYWORDS: Conductor, Railroad Operating Procedures, Recordkeeping, Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008
ABSTRACT: FRA is prescribing regulations for certification of conductors, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. This rule requires railroads to have a formal program for certifying conductors. As part of that program, railroads are required to have a formal process for training prospective conductors and determining that all persons are competent before permitting them to serve as a conductor. FRA is issuing this regulation to ensure that only those persons who meet minimum Federal safety standards serve as conductors, to reduce the rate and number of accidents and incidents, and to improve railroad safety. Although this rule does not propose any specific amendments to the regulation governing locomotive engineer certification, it does highlight areas in that regulation that may require conforming changes.

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