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IN Supreme Court to See Case About Fining Railroads

Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:18 pm
by Jochs
Here is an article about the IN Supreme Court considering the validity of local governments fining the railroads for blocking crossings for more than 10 minutes.
http://wsbt.com/news/regional/indiana-supreme-court-to-see-case-about-fining-railroads
The IN Supreme Court is considering allowing trains to park at crossings.
http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Trains-could-block-crossings-indefinitely-after-supreme-court-ruling-480732551.html

Re: IN Supreme Court to See Case About Fining Railroads

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:28 am
by justalurker66
"With the law removed, trains would be legally able to stop at an intersection indefinitely."

Current laws:
8-6-7.5-1. Blocking railroad crossings unlawful -- Exception.
It shall be unlawful for a railroad corporation to permit any train, railroad car or engine to obstruct public travel at a railroad-highway grade crossing for a period in excess of ten (10) minutes, except where such train, railroad car or engine cannot be moved by reason of circumstances over which the railroad corporation has no control.

8-6-7.5-2. Obstructing vehicular movement unlawful.
It shall be unlawful for a railroad corporation to permit successive train movements to obstruct vehicular traffic at a railroad-highway grade crossing until all vehicular traffic previously delayed by such train movements has been cleared or a period of five (5) minutes has elapsed between train movements.

8-6-7.5-3. Violations -- Penalty.
A railroad corporation, conductor, or engineer who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction. However, no conductor or engineer acting under the rules or orders of the railroad corporation or its supervisory personnel may be prosecuted for such a violation.