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PDFWAC 480-62-255

Minimum crew size on certain trains.

(1) For the purpose of this section, unless the language or context indicates that a different meaning is clearly intended, the following definitions apply:
"Class I" means a railroad carrier designated as a class I railroad by the United States surface transportation board and its subsidiaries or is owned and operated by entities whose combined total railroad operational ownership and controlling interest meets the United States surface transportation board designation as a class I railroad carrier.
"Class III" means a railroad carrier designated as a class III railroad by the United States surface transportation board.
"Crewmember" has the same meaning as "operating craft employee" as defined in this section.
"Operating craft employee" means a person employed by a railroad carrier and identified as train or yard crew as defined in 49 C.F.R. Part 218.5.
"Other railroad carrier" means a railroad carrier that is not a class I carrier.
"Railroad carrier" means a carrier of persons or property upon vehicles, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails, the route of which is principally outside incorporated cities and towns. "Railroad carrier" includes any officers and agents of the railroad carrier.
(2) Any person, corporation, company, or officer of the court operating any railroad, railway, or any part of any railroad or railway, in the state as a common carrier of freight or passengers shall operate and manage all trains and switching assignments over its road with no less than two crewmembers.
(3) The minimum crew size requirement of subsection (2) of this section does not apply to:
(a) Class III railroad carriers operating on their roads while at a speed of 25 miles per hour or less; or
(b) Other railroad carriers in possession of an effective automatic waiver issued under subsection (4) of this section.
(4) Other railroad carriers operating in the state on or after June 11, 2020, receive an automatic waiver of the minimum train crew size requirements of subsection (2) of this section that shall remain in effect until the commission terminates the effectiveness of such a waiver by order.
(5) The commission may order railroad carriers to increase the number of railroad employees, to require additional crewmembers, or direct the placement of additional crewmembers if the commission determines that the increase is necessary to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public, passengers, or railroad employees, to prevent harm to the environment or to address site specific safety or security hazards. In issuing any order to increase the number of railroad employees, the commission may consider, but is not limited to, the factors found in RCW 81.40.025 (4)(b).
(6) Any railroad carrier in violation of this section may be subject to fines of not less than $1,000 and not more than $100,000 for each offense, as determined by the commission through order. In the event of a serious injury or fatality the commission may impose fines exceeding $100,000 per offense.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 81.01.010, 81.04.160, 81.40.015(1), 81.40.025 (4)(a), and chapter 81.40 RCW. WSR 22-24-021 (Docket TR-200536, General Order R-606), ยง 480-62-255, filed 11/30/22, effective 12/31/22.]
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