Studies and Reports

JNS Urgent Procedure “Broken wheels” – Short-term measures agreed by the Task Force

Following an increasing number of reports on incidents (broken rims/webs of some wheel types) concerning freight wagons, a JNS Urgent Procedure (JNS UP) “Broken wheels” was kicked off.
Within a short period of time, a task force drafted a proposal for short-term measures for operating and maintaining these types of wheel sets. The agreed target is to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents.
The task force undertook a detailed technical examination of the past incidents. A further and deeper analysis will be done in a dedicated working group in the framework of JNS normal procedure.
 
It is believed that the suggested short-term measures by the task force should be made mandatory and all concerned actors shall implement these as soon as possible. The detailed requirements of the short term measures are defined in the attached document adopted by the JNS Panel.
 
Please, consider that the attached short-term mitigation measures do not constitute a recommendation from UIP. UIP bears no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the content of any advice or measure suggested by the JNS Panel/JNS Task Force.

UIP report on the changes in RID 2017

Report prepared by the UIP Topical Committee Safety


The new provisions of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) are in force since the 1st of January 2017. This report should facilitate the understanding of the changes introduced in the new version of the RID. It focuses on topics relevant to operators, keepers and ECM of tank wagons.
 
The new RID 2017 replaces the 2015 edition. However, in accordance with the transitional provisions, the provisions of RID 2015 may continue to be applied until 30 June 2017. 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.


NDTAC Impact on return of investment for retrofitting of railway wagons

Studies by Maria Price and Markus Vaerst


The study examines the cost impact of the NDTAC Scheme on the investments towards retrofitting and operation of rail freight wagons.  It finds out that the NDTAC system which should provide bonus for retrofitted wagons is not sufficient to balance out the investments.  A positive return of investment is only possible in countries where there is either no ban date in place, or where there are committed subsidies for retrofitting and a bonus specifically dedicated for operational costs.