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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC51 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: +Locomotive Recording Devices 
Abstract:

The FAST Act requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations requiring each railroad carrier that provides regularly scheduled intercity rail passenger or commuter rail passenger transportation to the public to install inward- and outward-facing image recording devices in all controlling locomotives of passenger trains. This rulemaking would require the installation of inward- and outward-facing locomotive video cameras on controlling locomotives of passenger trains. The recordings would be used to help determine the cause of railroad accidents and to prevent similar accidents. They would also be used to ensure passenger railroad employee compliance with applicable Federal railroad safety regulations and railroad rules, particularly regulations prohibiting the use of personal electronic devices. This rulemaking attempts to fulfill NTSB recommendations urging FRA to adopt regulations requiring locomotive-mounted audio and video recording devices. FRA is requesting comments regarding whether audio recording devices should be required.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 217    49 CFR 218    49 CFR 229   
Legal Authority: 49 CFR 1.89    49 U.S.C. 20103    49 U.S.C. 20107    49 U.S.C. 20168   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Statutory  FAST Act  12/04/2017 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 11411 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114-94, 129 Stat. 1686 (Dec. 4, 2015)) (codified at 48 U.S.C. 20168) requires FRA (as the Secretary of Transportation's delegate) to promulgate regulations requiring each railroad carrier that provides regularly scheduled intercity rail passenger or commuter rail passenger transportation to the public to install inward- and outward-facing image recording devices in controlling locomotives of passenger trains.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elliott Gillooly
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-4000
Email: elliott.gillooly@dot.gov