In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the statutory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner's arguments in favor of relief.
Central Montana Rail, Inc. (CMR) has petitioned for an extension of its temporary waiver of compliance from the requirements of Title 49 U.S.C. 21103(a), the Federal hours of service law (HSL), for train employees. This provision states that the railroad may neither require nor allow train employees to begin or remain on duty in excess of 12 hours in a 24-hour period without receiving the appropriate 8- or 10-hour statutory off-duty period. However, the HSL contains a provision (49 U.S.C. 21102(b)) that permits a railroad to seek an exemption from the 12-hour limitation if it employs no more than 15 employees subject to the statute. CMR states that it is the railroad's intent to use such a waiver only in unusual circumstances dictated by geographic remoteness, weather, or traffic peaks, and the waiver is not to be used on a daily basis.
Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA in writing before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request.
All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA-2001-10948) and must be submitted to the Docket Clerk, DOT Central Docket Management Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
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