Position papers

UIP position paper on wagon performance

Provision of Vehicle Performance Data

UIP regularly points out the high importance of vehicle performance data for Wagon Keepers and ECMs around Europe. It has previously formalised its general demand on vehicle performance data in its Position Paper on a European Strategy for an Efficient Exchange of Rolling Stock Data in Rail Freight (July 2013). UIP still believes that complete vehicle performance data in high quality is an important input to assure compliance of ECMs with highest standards of vehicle maintenance and to improve efficiency of vehicle maintenance systems.

Although legal requirements within both the TSI (TSI OPE and the ECM Regulation exist, today’s legal framework falls short of saying clearly which data should be exchanged and how. The attempts to use a contractual basis (such as the GCU) to ensure that all parties involved in the maintenance process exchange relevant information have failed due to complex authorization discussions over data access rights, a lack of standards for data quality and formats and a fear of loss of proprietary information related to traffic patterns. Only very few Railway Undertakings deliver vehicle performance data to Wagon Keepers/ECMs, and those who do, take no responsibility for data quality and completeness.

Furthermore, since 2012 and following the recommendations of the EC Task Force on Telematics Applications, limited progress has been made towards achieving a common European solution for the mileage calculation for Rolling Stock (see recommendation 12 of 08/57-DV61EN01, handled at RISC53).

UIP believes that the time has come to demand a revision of the legislation applying to data exchange in order to achieve a coherent and full territorial coverage of performance (input) data exchange for freight vehicles.
This paper formulates the following demands for the provision of vehicle performance data and addresses the European Commission, Rail Safety Authorities and Sector Organisations.

UIP position paper on noise reduction

The International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP) recognises that noise is the most significant environmental burden of rail that affects not only society, but also the performance and perspectives of the whole railway system around Europe. With that in mind, UIP fully understands and supports the objective of reducing rail freight noise, but calls for a unified approach on Noise reduction at European level.

This position paper stresses the importance to carefully consider the impact of any future EU legislation and both future and existing national rail noise abatement programmes on transaction, operational and maintenance costs for the rail freight sector. Despite the fact that the level of concerns with regard to rail noise actually differs amongst the Member States, if we want to see a reduction of noise emissions in rail, without jeopardising further rail freight competitiveness and efficient cross border traffic, UIP asks for appropriate funding, suitable incentive schemes and harmonised implementation across Europe in order to promote the retrofitting of the existing wagons fleet.

UIP position paper on data exchange

Position Paper on a European Strategy for an Efficient Exchange of Rolling Stock Data in Rail Freight


UIP generally supports the goals expressed by the European Commission concerning the development of a Single European Railway Area, especially removing administrative and technical barriers and developing easy and common procedures at European level. This is particularly critical and important when it comes to the question of registers.

Following the work of the ERA Task Force on Telematics Applications and in parallel to the discussions on the TAF revision, it became evident that due to the existence of numerous registers for Rolling Stock, there is a need for a register architecture at European level. Most recently at the RISC66 held on January 23 and 24, 2013 in Brussels, Mr. Patrizio Grillo of DG MOVE reminded of the importance of the registers and invited the sector to consider alternative and best scenarios for each register.
UIP sees this as an opportune time to make public its views and recommendations on “how operational databases such as RSRD² could fulfill the sector’s needs for operational data and how such databases could interact with the registers” (as mentioned in DV61EN01 – Recommendation 5, presented and discussed at RISC63).

In the following position paper, UIP presents a recommendation for an efficient, low-cost solution to registers dedicated to Rolling Stock Data. This Position Paper is addressed to the European Commission with the aim to have it taken into account in the preparation of the new ERA Working Party on vehicle registers which is to be launched in September 2013.