Railroads; freight train crew requirements, civil penalty. (HB34)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Railroads; crew size. Requires a train or light engine used in connection with the movement of railroad freight in the Commonwealth that shares the same rail corridor as a high-speed passenger or commuter train to operate with a crew of at least two individuals. Localities are prohibited from adopting an ordinance, order, or resolution in conflict with this requirement. The State Corporation Commission shall have discretion to fine a person willfully violating this requirement an amount not to exceed $500 for a first offense and an amount not to exceed $1,000 for a second offense or a subsequent offense. The measure has a sunset clause that provides that it will expire on the fifth day following the date that the Federal Railroad Administration issues a rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations. The measure has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2018. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100717D
11/28/2017Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/2018Impact statement from SCC (HB34)
01/17/2018Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/18/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/13/2018Left in Commerce and Labor