§1524. Contract carriers transporting railroad employees; definitions; driving time; rules and regulations
A. When used in this Section, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(1) "Contract carrier" means a transportation company operating in intrastate commerce by motor vehicle or bus under contract to transport railroad employees for compensation.
(2) "Drive time" means the length of time a driver spends behind the wheel of a motor vehicle performing intrastate commerce as employed by a contract carrier to transport railroad employees.
(3) "On-duty time" means the length of time a driver spends at work as an employee of a contract carrier. On-duty time shall include:
(a) All time at a plant, terminal, facility, or other property of a contract carrier or shipper, or on any other property waiting to be dispatched, unless the driver has been relieved from duty by the contract carrier.
(b) All time inspecting, servicing, or conditioning any contract carrier motor vehicle used for transport assignments.
(c) All drive time as defined in the term "drive time".
(d) All time, other than driving, in or upon any contract carrier motor vehicle used for transport assignments.
(e) All time supervising, attending, or assisting the loading or unloading of a contract carrier transport vehicle, all time spent giving or receiving receipts for shipments loaded or unloaded, or remaining in readiness to operate the contract carrier transport vehicle.
(f) All time repairing, obtaining assistance, or remaining in attendance upon a disabled contract carrier transport vehicle.
(g) All time spent providing a breath sample or urine specimen, including travel time to and from the testing site, in order to comply with any federal, state, or employer regulation or rule.
(h) All time performing any other work in the capacity, employment, or service of a contract carrier.
(4) "Seven consecutive days" means the period of seven consecutive days beginning on any day and time designated by the contract carrier for the terminal from which the driver is normally dispatched.
(5) "Transport vehicle driver" means a driver employed by a contract carrier to fulfill transport assignments in accordance with the intrastate transportation of railroad employees.
(6) "Twenty-four-hour period" means any twenty-four consecutive hour period beginning at the time designated by the contract carrier for the terminal from which the driver is normally dispatched. The times designated for the beginning of a twenty-four-hour period and seven consecutive days shall be the same.
(7) "Uninterrupted rest", commonly referred to as "off-duty", means a period of time in which a contract carrier shall not communicate with a driver by telephone, pager, or any manner that could disrupt the driver's rest.
B. The provisions of this Section shall apply only to transport vehicle drivers employed by contract carriers designed to transport railroad employees on any public highway or road in this state.
C.(1) A contract carrier shall not require or allow a transport vehicle driver to be on-duty for more than:
(a) Twelve hours following eight consecutive hours of uninterrupted rest.
(b) Fifteen hours of combined on-duty and drive time after the driver completes eight consecutive hours of off-duty time.
(c) Seventy hours of combined on-duty and drive time in any period of seven consecutive days.
(2) After an off-duty period of at least twenty-four hours, a driver shall begin a new consecutive day work period and the driver's off-duty time shall reset to zero.
(3) A transport vehicle driver who cannot safely complete a transportation assignment within the twelve-hour maximum driving time permitted due to an emergency shall be permitted to drive a motor vehicle for not more than two additional hours to complete the transport assignment or to reach a destination offering safety and security for the transport motor vehicle and its passengers.
D. A contract carrier shall maintain time records for a period of six months indicating the time all transport vehicle drivers report for duty, the time of relief from duty, hours driven, hours on duty, and hours off duty. The records shall be made available to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of state police, for inspection and shall be subject to the provisions of R.S. 32:1505. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of state police, shall adopt rules and regulations, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, as are necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
E. A contract carrier shall maintain a transport vehicle driver qualification and personnel file for each driver it employs. The driver qualification file shall include:
(1) The driver's employment application as required by 49 CFR 391.21.
(2) Requests for information from the driver's previous employer as required by 49 CFR 391.23(a)(2) and (c).
(3) Documentation related to the annual inquiry and review of the driver's motor vehicle operation record as provided by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of motor vehicles. Such documentation shall confirm the driver's qualifications and ability to operate a motor vehicle in this state and shall include a record of all motor vehicle laws or ordinance violations committed by the driver.
(4) Medical examination reports and certificates to be completed every two years which confirm the physical ability of the driver to operate a motor vehicle.
(5) A copy of the driver's current Class E driver's license.
F. The provisions of this Section shall not limit the right of a railroad company to contract with an employee of a contract carrier, transportation company, or entity that certifies to the railroad company that it is in compliance with the provisions of this Section or any applicable federal requirements.
Added by Acts 2001, No. 415, §1, eff. June 15, 2001; Acts 2013, No. 193, §1.