101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced 1/9/2019, by Sen. Terry Link
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
625 ILCS 5/18c-7402
from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7402
Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that no rail carrier shall
operate a train or light engine used in connection with the movement of
freight unless it has an operating crew consisting of at least 2
individuals. Provides that the minimum freight train crew size shall remain
in effect until a federal law or rule encompassing the subject matter has
been adopted. Grants the Illinois Commerce Commission the power to conduct
evidentiary hearings, make findings, and issue and enforce orders,
including sanctions, with respect to freight train crew member size.
Provides that "train or light engine" does not include trains operated by a
hostler service or utility employees.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
It is the public policy of the
State of Illinois to enhance public safety by establishing a
minimum freight train operating crew size to address the
transportation of all freight, including, but not limited to,
hazardous and volatile materials, on the railroads of Illinois.
The transportation of this freight, coupled with substantially
longer trains, creates significant health, safety, and
security concerns for local communities. Adequate railroad
operating personnel are critical to ensuring railroad
operational safety and security and in supporting first
responder activities in the event of a hazardous material
incident, grade crossing incident, or mechanical failure.
The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
Section 18c-7402 as follows:
(625 ILCS 5/18c-7402)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7402)
Safety requirements for railroad
(1) Obstruction of crossings.
(a) Obstruction of emergency vehicles.