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A Report on Tank Cars: Federal Oversight of Design, Construction, and Repair

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 1990
AUTHOR: FRA/RSPA Assessment Task Force
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Delegation, Performance Analysis, Record Keeping
ABSTRACT: Under the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970, the Secretary of Transportation is directed to prescribe regulations "for all areas of railroad safety." The Hazardous Materials Transportation Act grants the Secretary authority to issue regulations which "govern any safety aspect of the transportation of hazardous materials." As a consequence, DOT is responsible for regulating the design, construction, and repair of railroad tank cars. The Secretary has delegated implementation and enforcement of these acts and their regulations to the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Certain functions related to hazardous materials tank cars are, by regulatory delegation, vested in the Association of American Railroads Tank Car Committee (TCC). A task force consisting of FRA and RSPA staff has evaluated the implementation of that delegated authority. This report contains the assessment team's findings and its recommendations for corrective action to the RSPA and FRA Administrators.