SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2281






                        52nd Legislature

                      1992 Regular Session

Passed by the House February 12, 1992

  Yeas 94   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate March 4, 1992

  Yeas 47   Nays 0



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2281 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




President of the Senate

                               Chief Clerk



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.





Governor of the State of Washington

                        Secretary of State

                       State of Washington



                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2281



                     Passed Legislature - 1992 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1992 Regular Session


By House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Prentice, R. Fisher, Vance, Forner, Heavey, G. Fisher, Roland, Winsley, Franklin, Paris, May, Mitchell and Leonard)


Read first time 02/05/92.  Modifying requirements for crew size on passenger trains.

     AN ACT Relating to passenger train crew size; and amending RCW 81.40.010.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 81.40.010 and 1961 c 14 s 81.40.010 are each amended to read as follows:

     ((It shall be unlawful for any person, corporation, company, or officer of court operating any railroad or railway, or part of any railroad or railway, in the state of Washington, and engaged, as a common carrier, in the transportation of freight or passengers, to operate over its road or any part thereof, or suffer or permit to be run over its road outside of the yard limits, any passenger, mail or express train consisting of four or more cars with less than a full passenger crew consisting of five men, to wit:  one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one brakeman and one flagman (said flagman to have had at least one year's experience in train service) and none of the said crew shall be required or permitted to perform the duties of train baggageman or express messenger while on the road))  No law or order of any regulatory agency of this state shall prevent a common carrier by railroad from staffing its passenger trains in accordance with collective bargaining agreements or any national or other applicable settlement of train crew size.  In the absence of a collective bargaining agreement or any national or other applicable settlement of train crew size, any common carrier railroad operating a passenger train with a crew of less than two members shall be subject to a safety review by the Washington utilities and transportation commission, which, as to staffing, may issue an order requiring as many as two crew members.