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UIP report on the changes in RID 2019

Report prepared by the UIP Topical Committee Safety

The new provisions of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) entered into force on the 1st of January 2019. 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.

In addition, find enclosed two checklists, Addendum 1 on tank-wagons for liquids and Addendum 2 on tank-wagons for gases, developed in cooperation with UIP to help fillers and unloaders comply with RID safety obligations, particularly with respect to the leaktightness of tank-wagons.



RFC Sector Statement: progress report on boosting rail freight

In 2016 Ministers of Transport signed the so-called ‘Rotterdam Declaration’ and expressed their strong support for international rail freight transport and a market-oriented development of the Rail Freight Corridors. At the same time the railway sector adopted a sector statement with commitment to “boost international rail freight”

Following the Rotterdam Declaration and the Sector Statement, the sector identified 10 priorities, which were presented during the Rail Freight Day in Rotterdam in December 2016. Sector organisations decided to work together on the priorities in an integrated way and set up the Sector Statement Group by July 2017 and indicated 10 rapporteurs for the identified priorities. As agreed in 2016, a Comprehensive Progress Report has been prepared for the Rail Freight Days 2018 to set forth the findings, detailing progress on the sector priorities based on information received from the sector priority rapporteurs. It also makes an assessment of where specific attention (topics, priorities, actions) may be focused on in the next two years at sector / EU level.

This comprehensive progress report is accompanied by a non-technical paper 'Outlook on the Sector Statement'. You will find both documents to download below.

With this progress report the whole rail freight sector demonstrates that changes are possible and that we share the view that the Graz Declaration can mark the beginning of a new era, reiterating the importance of keeping rail freight at the heart of national and EU policies for a decarbonized and clean transportation of the future. The rail sector stands ready to intensify its collaborative efforts in acting as a backbone of a sustainable mobility in Europe.




 

GRB Position on the route compatibility check

This position paper sets out the Group of Representative Bodies’ (GRB) view on the general principles for the route compatibility check (RCC) before the use of authorised vehicles as outlined in Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797. 


The Group of Representative Bodies asks the European Union Agency for Railways to adopt the RCC principles set out in this paper. The GRB asks for clear guidance documentation to be developed by the Agency for how the route compatibility process should be implemented in the day to day business where appropriate, either in a dedicated RCC application guide or in a section of existing guide documents.

The two concepts of technical compatibility with the network on one hand (article 21) and route compatibility on the other hand (article 23) as laid out in the interoperability directive shall be respected and kept separately. However, clear guidance is necessary to understand the content and responsibilities included and to ensure the route compatibility check performed by the railway undertaking is as easy, lean and straightforward as possible.