Motor and Other Vehicles

Special Stops Required

SECTION 31-20-5

§ 31-20-5. Moving of heavy equipment over railroad crossings.

(a) No person shall operate or move any crawler-type tractor, steam shovel, derrick, roller, or any equipment or structure having a normal operating speed of ten (10) or less miles per hour or a vertical body or load clearance of less than one-half inch per foot of the distance between any two adjacent axles, or in any event, of less than nine inches (9"), measured above the level surface of a roadway, upon or across any tracks at a railroad grade crossing, without first complying with this section.

(b) Notice of the intended crossing shall be given to a station agent of the railroad, and a reasonable time shall be given to the railroad to provide proper protection at the crossing.

(c) Before making the crossing, the person operating or moving the vehicle or equipment shall first stop the same not less than fifteen feet (15') nor more than fifty feet (50') from the nearest rail of the railroad and, while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along the track for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train, and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.

(d) No crossing shall be made when warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flagperson or otherwise of the immediate approach of a railroad train or car. If a flagperson is provided by the railroad, movement over the crossing shall be under the flagperson's direction.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 31, § 4; G.L. 1956, § 31-20-5.)