UIP report on the changes in RID 2021

Report prepared by the UIP Topical Committee Safety

The new provisions of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) will enter into force on the 1st of January 2021. The UIP Guidelines should facilitate the understanding of the changes that are being introduced in the new version of the RID.
The document focuses on topics relevant to operators, keepers and ECM of tank wagons. RID applies to the international carriage of dangerous goods by rail between the 44 existing RID Contracting States in Europe, Asia and North Africa. In the Member States of the European Union, RID applies to national and international transport.

The new RID 2021 enters into force on 1 January 2021, replacing the 2019 edition. It can be downloaded from the OTIF website

Roadmap of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

The International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP) strongly supports the Commission’s plan to adopt a comprehensive strategy to meet the Green Deal target of a 90% reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas emission by 2050. This target can only be achieved by significantly increasing rail freight transport in Europe and by coming up with newer and more innovative measures than in the past. To do so, we recommend the following measures:


Higher priority must be given to rail freight in terms of capacity allocation

The COVID-crisis and the freeing up of capacity on the European railway network have shown that the quantity and quality of capacity which is offered to rail freight matters and can render rail freight more punctual and reliable, hence making it an attractive option to shippers. Therefore, higher priority must be given to rail freight on the whole network when it comes to the allocation of capacity. The revision of the Regulation (No) 913/2010 on Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) should aim to correct the current imbalance and simplify operations and procedures.


Financial incentives for shippers to facilitate the modal shift

Until the preconditions for more efficiency in rail freight are given, financial incentives should be given to shippers to facilitate the modal shift to rail as the greenest mode of transport. Here the right financing instruments should be created, and the revised European Commission State Aid guidelines should not obstruct such national subsidies.



UIP 70th Annual Report 2019

"The beginning is the most important part of the work" Plato


The start of a new era: The European agenda of 2019 was dominated by the election of the new European Parliament, the appointment of the new European Commission and the consequences for the political landscape. While for this 9th legislature, roughly half of the members of European Parliament are new, the significant rise of the nationalists, populists and eurosceptics in most Member States was fortunately not reflected in an increase of their weight at European level. Unfortunately, in the absence of a stable majority, it remains to be seen what kind of dynamic will define parliamentary activities over the next five years.