The new Euro­pean aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on regu­la­ti­on for rail vehicles

Appr­oval of the new Euro­pean aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on regulation

Fourth rail­way package

Brussels: on 16 Novem­ber 2017 the Rail­way Inter­ope­ra­bi­li­ty and Safe­ty Com­mit­tee (RISC) gave its appr­oval to the new Euro­pean aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on regu­la­ti­on for rail vehicles. 

The way has thus been cle­ared for the intro­duc­tion of an aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on pro­ce­du­re which is valid Europe-wide, and the first step toward a uni­form Euro­pean rail­way mar­ket has been taken. The new aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on regu­la­ti­on is one of the cen­tral docu­ments and issues from the tech­ni­cal pil­lar of the fourth rail­way packa­ge of the EU. As from the sum­mer of 2019, the­re will the­r­e­fo­re be an aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on pro­ce­du­re for rail vehic­les which is har­mo­nis­ed throug­hout Euro­pe (inclu­ding Switz­er­land) and aims in par­ti­cu­lar to redu­ce the com­ple­xi­ty, dura­ti­on and cost of admi­nis­tra­ti­ve aut­ho­ri­sa­ti­on pro­ce­du­res (said reduc­tion amoun­ting to an esti­ma­ted 500 mil­li­on EUR by 2025). 

Accor­ding to the Euro­pean Uni­on Agen­cy for Rail­ways (ERA), the final ver­si­on of this new regu­la­ti­on, after almost 2 years of inten­si­ve nego­tia­ti­on with all the EU mem­ber sta­tes and rail­way prot­ago­nists, has met with con­sidera­ble accla­im and is to that ext­ent being hai­led as a mile­stone for the attrac­ti­ve­ness, pro­fi­ta­bi­li­ty and com­pe­ti­ti­ve strength of the Euro­pean rail indus­try. The Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on is expec­ted to publish the finis­hed legal text befo­re the end of this year. 

We will have more infor­ma­ti­on on this for you in the near future. 

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