Press releases

2nd Joint Statement - UIC, UIP, ERFA and CER on responsibility of Wagon Keeper for maintenance

The associations:

  • Welcomed that both TRAN and the Council in their decisions acknowledge the important role of the keeper of rail freight wagons as well as the need to define the term “keeper” in the Safety Directive and to clearly identify the keeper in the national vehicle registers.
  • Further welcomed that TRAN voted unanimously in favour of the sole responsibility of the keeper for the maintenance and in favour of a mandatory certification of the maintenance management of the keeper.
  • And strongly objected, for the reasons repeated below, to the proposal of the Council to introduce an additional “entity in charge of maintenance” in the Safety Directive which is not in every case identical with the wagon keeper.


The texts of the Interoperability Directive, voted in first reading by the European Parliament on December 11th, and of the Safety Directive proposed by the Council and presently subject to the tripartite conciliation procedure, compel the associations to re-issue the position that they already formulated against the notion of “entity in charge of maintenance” and against the voluntary nature of the certification of that maintenance, as advocated by the Council’s text. 


Joint Statement - UIC, UIP, ERFA and CER on responsibility of Wagon Keeper for maintenance

The associations welcome that both TRAN and the Council in their decisions acknowledge the important role of the keeper of rail freight wagons as well as the need to define the term keeper in the Safety Directive and to clearly identify the keeper in the national vehicle registers.

The associations further welcome that TRAN voted unanimously in favour of the sole responsibility of the keeper for the maintenance and in favour of a mandatory certification of the maintenance management of the keeper.

The associations strongly object, for the reasons given below, to the proposal of the Council to introduce an additional entity in charge of maintenance in the Safety Directive which is not in every case identical with the wagon keeper

Railway noise abatement: Rail sector welcomes commission initiative

No legal requirements necessary, but financial schemes for retro-fitting

The European rail sector welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking up the topic of retrofitting existing rail freight wagons in order to reduce noise emission. In their joint contribution to a Commission consultation which closed yesterday, the rail transport associations CER, EIM, ERFA, UIC, UIP and UIRR requested that noise abatement measures must not jeopardise the sector’s competitiveness and the railways’ role in a sustainable transport system.