Federal Railroad Administration July 24, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Locomotive Image and Audio Recording Devices for Passenger Trains
Document Number: 2019-14407
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-07-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to require the installation of inward- and outward-facing locomotive image recording devices on all lead locomotives in passenger trains, and that these devices record while a lead locomotive is in motion and retain the data in a crashworthy memory module. FRA also proposes to treat locomotive-mounted recording devices on passenger locomotives as ``safety devices'' under existing Federal railroad safety regulations to prohibit tampering with or disabling them. Further, this NPRM would govern the use of passenger locomotive recordings to conduct operational tests to determine passenger railroad operating employees' compliance with applicable railroad rules and Federal regulations. FRA requests comment on the need for and effects of potential, additional safety requirements.