Proposed Legislation Would Require Sleep Apnea Testing

Sep 28, 2017

Several federal lawmakers from New Jersey are sponsoring legislation to require rail operators and commercial truck drivers be tested for sleep apnea.

Congressman Albio Sires says the Trump Administration's decision last month to withdraw a proposed rule to require the testing is shortsighted.

Senator Cory Booker the common sense safety measure could prevent crashes like one in Hoboken a year ago that killed one person and injured more than a hundred.

New Jersey Transit executive director Steven Santoro say all of its locomotive engineers will have been screened for sleep apnea by October. If they have it, they won't be able return to work until they have proof of compliance with a treatment plan.

"We believe this protocol is a necessary protocol for the safety of our customers and our employees."

The federal law would provide clear guidelines for testing nationwide.