SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 2427
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES MEADOWS (Sponsor), FLOOK, WILDBERGER, DOUGHERTY AND DARROUGH (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time March 12, 2008 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 389, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the regulation of contract carriers that transport railroad employees, with penalty provisions.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 389, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 389.948, to read as follows:
389.948. 1. The provisions of this section shall only apply to contract carriers that transport railroad employees under the terms of a contractual agreement with a railroad corporation on a road or highway of this state in a vehicle designed to carry eight or fewer passengers, including the driver, and that does not otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle as defined in 49 CFR Part 390.5 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. As used in this section, the term "contract carrier" has the meaning set forth in section 390.020, RSMo.
2. A contract carrier that transports railroad employees shall:
(1) Require each driver who transports railroad employees to have a valid chauffeur's license (class E license) issued under the provisions of chapter 302, RSMo, and applicable regulations;
(2) Provide drug and alcohol screening under 49 CFR 40 et seq. for each driver who transports railroad employees;
(3) Conduct a background investigation of each person who transports railroad employees;
(4) Require an application for employment from each prospective driver;
(5) Conduct an annual review of the driving record of each driver who transports railroad employees; and
(6) Maintain a personnel file that includes a driving record for each driver who transports railroad employees.
3. A contract carrier that transports railroad employees shall limit the hours of service by a driver who transports railroad employees to sixteen hours of on duty time within any twenty-four hour period.
4. A contract carrier that transports railroad employees shall require a driver who has twelve hours of vehicle operation within any twenty-four hour period or sixteen hours of on duty time within any twenty-four hour period to have at least eight consecutive hours off duty before operating a vehicle again.
5. Any vehicle used by a contract carrier to transport railroad employees shall be maintained in the safe and proper operating condition recommended for that particular vehicle. A contract carrier shall maintain a record of maintenance and repair for each vehicle used to transport railroad employees. The contract carrier shall retain such maintenance and repair records for a period of twelve months.
6. A contract carrier who transports railroad employees shall keep time records for six months indicating the time all for-hire motor carrier drivers report for duty, the time of relief from duty, hours driven, hours on duty, and hours off duty. All records required to be maintained under this section shall be made available for inspection to the director of the department of transportation or the director's designee.
7. All motor vehicles used by a contract carrier to transport railroad employees within this state shall meet all state and federal regulations pertaining to safe construction and maintenance. Such motor vehicles shall be operated in compliance with all state and federal regulations pertaining to driving and the transporting of passengers.
8. The driver of a vehicle used to transport railroad employees shall inspect the vehicle at the beginning and end of each day the vehicle is used to transport railroad employees. Each inspection shall include the completion of an inspection checklist in a manner and format prescribed by the commission. The inspection checklist shall be retained by the contract carrier in the maintenance record required under subsection 5 of this section for ninety days after the date of the inspection.
9. Each contract carrier shall maintain liability insurance in an amount not less than one and one half million dollars for each vehicle used to transport railroad employees.
10. Any contract carrier, driver of a vehicle that transports railroad employees, or any other person who violates the provisions of this section or any regulations promulgated thereto, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
11. The commission may, in enforcing the provisions of this section and regulations promulgated thereto, inspect any motor vehicle to which the provision of this section applies. Upon request, the superintendent of the Missouri state highway patrol shall assist the commission in these inspections.
12. The provisions established in this section shall be considered minimum standards and shall not be construed to supercede or abrogate any law, rule, or regulation which imposes stricter standards or regulations upon the operation of contract carriers that transport railroad employees.
13. The Missouri highways and transportation commission shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement and administer the provisions of this section. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, RSMo, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo, and, if applicable, section 536.028, RSMo. This section and chapter 536, RSMo, are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536, RSMo, to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2008, shall be invalid and void.