Lawmakers introduce legislation mandating sleep apnea testing for engineers

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NEW YORK — New York and New Jersey representatives in Congress are introducing a bill that would require federal transportation agencies to test locomotive engineers for sleep apnea, the New York Daily News reports.

The bill would force the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a rule requiring transit agencies and railroads to test engineers for sleep apnea. A law, if approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump would supersede Trump’s decision last month that allows railroads to choose whether to test operators.

Since Trump’s announcement, the Federal Railroad Administration says it is no longer pursuing a rule that would mandate the tests, adding that any testing should be up to the railroads to decide.

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced the bill just a week after National Transportation Safety Board officials announced that engineers involved in recent incidents in Hoboken, N.J., and Brooklyn both suffered from undiagnosed sleep apnea.

Since 2000, the NTSB has found sleep apnea as the probable cause of 10 highway and rail accidents, including the deadly Metro-North incident in 2013 that killed four people in the Bronx.

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