Truckers have been putting up with hours-of-service
regulations for years. But railroad workers, including engineers, switchmen and
dispatchers, haven't been asked to work under similar time constraints - until
The Federal Railroad Administration is hoping to establish
new regulations for the industry, and submitted a bill Wednesday containing the
Under current regulations, train crews can work 12 hours
with 10 hours of rest, but if they work even a minute less than 12 hours,
they're only required to have 8 hours of sleep, according to The Associated Press.
The Federal Railroad Administration's request doesn't spell
out specifically what hours the new HOS rules will mandate, The AP reported.