Railroad Regulator Proposes Major Safety Changes

Law360, New York (January 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EST) -- The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed an overhaul of the safety guidelines governing the nation’s trains, updating and clarifying regulations that have affected numerous major product liability verdicts in recent decades.

The proposed guidelines, published in the Federal Register Wednesday, establish for the first time a general system for electronic record-keeping of train safety inspections and other information.

Since 2002, the FRA has granted a series of waivers permitting electronic record-keeping to several train companies with an updated set of conditions “intended to ensure the safety,...
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