Inspection of, recommendations on and orders concerning railroad equipment and facilities
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the Department of Transportation shall examine and inspect the physical condition of all railroad facilities in the state, including roadbeds, stations and equipment. Whenever it appears from such inspection that the safety of the public or the employees of such railroad may be threatened, notice of the condition or practice under investigation shall be given to the railroad and any person responsible for the maintenance or use of the railroad facility. If such condition or practice is not corrected to the department’s satisfaction, the department shall set the matter for hearing. Following such hearing the department shall order the railroad or person responsible for the maintenance or use of the railroad facility to make any repairs, alterations, or changes necessary to correct or eliminate any condition or practice found to threaten the safety of the public or the employees of the railroad. If in the opinion of the Department of Transportation a condition or practice is so hazardous as to place the employees of the railroad in immediate danger the department may issue, after hearing, upon 48 hours’ written notice given the railroad, an order prohibiting the use of the facility until such time as necessary repair, alterations or changes are made.
(2) This section does not apply to a penalty imposed under ORS 824.090 (Department to set standards for safe transportation of hazardous wastes) or 824.992 (Criminal penalties) (7) and (8). [Formerly 761.120; 1997 c.275 §12]
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