The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) backs the Rail Security Act of 2023 that may require extra stringent rail security requirements, however the nation’s oldest union says the two-person crew requirement doesn’t go far sufficient and needs to be amended. “You’ll be able to run a freight prepare by means of the loopholes,” says BLET Nationwide President Eddie Corridor.
A bipartisan invoice launched on March 1 by three Republican and three Democratic senators is designed to toughen security requirements on America’s railroads. “Proper now our nation’s railroads largely self-regulate,” mentioned Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Nationwide President Eddie Corridor. “We welcome higher federal oversight and a crackdown on railroads that appear all too keen to commerce security for larger income.”
The Rail Security Act of 2023 would set limits on prepare size for the primary time. Some freight trains now exceed three miles in size. The prepare that derailed final month in East Palestine, Ohio was practically two miles lengthy. The invoice additionally seeks to put restrictions on the burden of trains. It might set requirements for railcar upkeep, observe upkeep, wayside defect detectors and lift requirements for tank vehicles carrying hazardous supplies, amongst different adjustments.
Whereas the proposed laws states that: No freight prepare could also be operated with no 2-person crew consisting of a minimum of 1 appropriately certified and authorized conductor and 1 appropriately certified and authorized locomotive engineer, the exceptions are vital.