1370 Ontario St. - Mezzanine, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Secretary-Treasurers
Information
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

FRA publishes interpretations governing new Hours of Service law

CLEVELAND, June 26 — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a series of interpretations pertaining to new Hours of Service laws taking effect for certain freight railroad workers, including operating crews, on July 16.

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 made significant changes in Hours of Service requirements governing BLET members. Among the major changes are:

• Increases to the amount of off-duty time required between work tours and a prohibition against a railroad interrupting that time;

• Caps on the number of service hours and limbo time hours; and

• Mandatory days off when someone initiates a tour of duty on six or more consecutive days.

The interpretations explain how FRA will enforce the new Hours of Service laws. Currently, they are of an interim nature and FRA has asked interested parties to comment on the interpretations. The National Division, in conjunction with the National Legislative Office, is reviewing the interpretations and will file appropriate comments.

National President Edward Rodzwicz urges all BLET members to become familiar with the interpretations.

“Big changes are coming in a few weeks for BLET members working in freight service,” President Rodzwicz said. “All members should download the interpretations and review them in preparation for July 16.”

President Rodzwicz also noted that General Chairmen whose properties will be affected by these changes, with the support of the National Division, are continuing to attempt to negotiate a smooth transition for the implementation of these changes.

The interpretations were published in today’s edition of the Federal Register and can be viewed, printed and downloaded via this link (13 pages).

Friday, June 26, 2009
bentley@ble-t.org

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

© 1997-2014 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Safety Task Force Hotline
800-306-5414

Decertification Helpline
800-393-2716

DAILY HEADLINES

Teamster Nation: Get the latest updates in the War on Workers
Amtrak signal maintainer killed in Illinois
Canada announces tougher railway safety rules in response to Lac-Megantic report
More safety auditors, more brakes on idle trains among Canada's new rail requirements
Railways grapple with locomotive shortage and soaring carloads
Detroit-Chicago rail plan: 110 mph, 10 daily trips
California rail agency seeks to avoid bullet train injunction battles
Montana's Ag Director asks BNSF to open Great Falls-Helena line
Ethanol maker says rail transport not keeping up as more embrace E15
Virginia's rail safety task force to start compiling list of recommendations
CSX to continue monitoring water quality of James River after derailment
KCS CEO David L. Starling sells $911,400 in company stock
Senior Vice President at KCS sells $2.4 million in company stock
Railroad stocks may strain to meet lofty expectations
Amtrak's Downeaster to add stop in Kennebunk, Maine
BNSF moves 1,000th crude oil unit train from North Dakota hub
Oil train wreck would be challenge, Spokane deputy fire chief testifies
Medicare Part B premiums remain the same in 2015
Credit for military service under the Railroad Retirement Act

More Headlines


Enter your e-mail address to receive BLET news updates.

Subscribe  Unsubscribe