July 18, 2023, Introduced by Reps. Martus, Fitzgerald, Weiss, Glanville, Hood, Farhat, Hoskins, Morgan, Steckloff and Snyder and referred to the Committee on Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure.

A bill to amend 1993 PA 354, entitled

"Railroad code of 1993,"

(MCL 462.101 to 462.451) by adding section 352.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 352. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a railroad shall not operate a train or locomotive engine engaged in transporting freight unless the train or locomotive engine is operated by a crew of not fewer than 2 individuals.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply under either of the following circumstances:

(a) Operating a locomotive engine in hostler service.

(b) Operating a locomotive engine in helper service.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) "Helper service" means assisting a train that is experiencing a mechanical failure or that is ascending or descending a grade by coupling a locomotive engine to the front or rear of the train.

(b) "Hostler service" means moving a train or locomotive engine a short distance within a railroad yard or mechanical facility.

(c) "Train" means 1 or more locomotive engines, coupled with or without cars, that are required to undergo air brake testing under 49 CFR 232.