Federal Railroad Administration will require that all railroad locomotives and
freight cars have reflective materials installed on their sides, according to a
recent statement from the federal agency.
requirement was contained in a final rule published by the agency in the
Federal Register Jan. 3.
Truck trailers were required to be
equipped with reflective conspicuity tape starting in late 2001.
The Federal Railroad Administration
required the tape on trains as a safety measure for grade crossings.
has become an indispensable tool for enhancing visibility and safety in
virtually all modes of transportation,” FRA officials wrote in a statement.
one-quarter of all highway-rail grade crossing collisions involve motor
vehicles running into trains occupying grade crossings. The large size and dark
colorization of trains in combination with poor lighting or limited visibility
may contribute to motorists having difficulty detecting the train in their
reflective material will help reduce the number and severity of this type of
accident by giving motorists an additional visual warning of the presence of a
agency will require reflective materials to be attached to locomotives over
five years and onto freight cars over 10 years. Railroads will be required to
add the materials during periodic maintenance or repair.
rule goes into effect March 4.