49 U.S. Code § 20505 - Reports of malfunctions and accidents

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In the way and to the extent required by the Secretary of Transportation, a railroad carrier shall report to the Secretary a failure of a signal system to function as intended. If the failure results in an accident or incident causing injury to an individual or property that is required to be reported under regulations prescribed by the Secretary, the carrier owning or maintaining the signal system shall report to the Secretary immediately in writing the fact of the accident or incident.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


49 App.:26(f) (words before last semicolon).

Feb. 4, 1887, ch. 104, 24 Stat. 379, § 25(f) (words before last semicolon); added Feb. 28, 1920, ch. 91, § 441, 41 Stat. 498; restated Aug. 26, 1937, ch. 818, 50 Stat. 836; Sept. 18, 1940, ch. 722, § 14(b), 54 Stat. 919; June 22, 1988, Pub. L. 100–342, § 17(6), (8), 102 Stat. 636.

49 App.:1655(e)(6)(A).

Oct. 15, 1966, Pub. L. 89–670, § 6(e)(6)(A), 80 Stat. 939.

The words “signal system” are substituted for “such systems, devices, or appliances” because of the definition of “signal system” in section 20501 of the revised title. The word “indicate” is omitted as being included in “function”. The words “or incident” are added for consistency in this part. The word “individual” is substituted for “person”, and the word “immediately” is substituted for “forthwith”, for consistency in the revised title and with other titles of the United States Code.

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