Publications

Joint Letter to the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways on Route Compatibility

Joint Letter from the Group of Representative Bodies


The vehicle authorisation topic has been discussed intensively between the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, the national safety authorities and the sector representatives and satisfying results have been achieved.

Before a Railway Undertaking can use a vehicle in the ‘area of use’, specified in its authorisation for placing on the market, it shall carry out “checks” according to Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive.

These “checks” have been subject of various discussions among the sector stakeholders and in the respective ERA working parties. The topic is indeed complex and requires clarification and an approach that ensures the sound implementation of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) believes that the current description of the Route Compatibility assessment is not mature enough to be implemented and that various issues still need to be resolved. We believe that further discussions between the EC, the Agency and the sector stakeholders are needed in order to clarify the “checks” mentioned in Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive considering also the Article 21 of the Interoperability Directive and to develop a big picture which takes into account various subsystems, roles & responsibilities and the operational aspects is necessary.

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) intends to provide a position paper soon to hopefully agree on an approach supported by the sector stakeholders. The intention of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar is to facilitate the overall authorisation processes for vehicles and ensure a quick time to market/ operations. We need to avoid the “use of vehicles” becoming a stumbling block.

 

Joint position paper on the revision of the CT directive

Views of the Transport Sector on the revision of the Combined Transport Directive


Ahead of the European Commission High-level Conference on European Multimodal Freight Transport in Sofia on 20th March, UIP, along with 11 road and waterborne associations under the IAM Alliance, co-signed a position paper on the proposed revision of the Combined Transport Directive. For UIP, the new proposal of the CT Directive must pave the way for efficient intermodal and multimodal freight services offering level playing field for all modes of transport and promoting better the mode alternatives to suppliers, users and customers. You will find hereunder some of our proposals which we used to launch the Sector discussions and which we already sharedwith the Bulgarian Presidency and MEPs in Brussels.

We are greatly concerned that the new proposal does not guarantee more and new traffic between road and other modes of transport. Instead, it shows a positive discrimination of combined container transport, and creates additional administrative burden which will create extra costs for the Member States and the transport Sector.







 

ERRAC - RAIL 2050 Vision

During the plenary meeting of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), the Rail stakeholders unanimously endorsed the content and subsequent publication of a Rail 2050 Vision.

The document represents the vision of the rail sector for the needs of the future railway system as the backbone of Europe's mobility. It sets out the important role that rail already plays in delivering economic and societal benefits in Europe and that it has the opportunity to contribute much more, taking advantage of technical developments. It also pushes the key message that the rail sector is able and ready to offer a significant contribution to the solution of mobility expectations in both passenger and freight/logistics and support economic growth, social cohesion, competitive markets, etc. by facilitating mobility.

The key to the delivery of this ambitious vision includes a closer collaboration with the other transport modes so as to put customers at the forefront of all considerations.