Proposed Rule

Conductor Certification

  • 10
  • Nov
  • 2010
DOCKET NUMBER: 2009-0035
SUBJECT: Conductor Certification, Operating Practices
KEYWORDS: Conductor, Railroad Operating Procedures, Recordkeeping, Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008
ABSTRACT: FRA proposes to prescribe regulations for certification of conductors, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The proposed rule would require railroads to have a formal program for certifying conductors. As part of that program, railroads would be 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 proposing 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 NPRM 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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