Reysas Wagons at Kahramanmaras, 2014. Photo: Rail Turkey

Liberalization of Turkish Railways – Railway Companies

A number of regulations are being discussed about how railway companies work in Turkey.

It’s planned that at least 51% share of railway companies in Turkey must belong to Turkish public companies and/or Turkish citizens.

Railway companies must have also licenses, given by Railway Authority, according to the services they will give, very similar to truck companies. Licenses will be given for infrastructure companies, passenger and freight train operators, logistics center and station/terminal operators, logistic service providers, agencies, forwarders/brokers, rolling stock lessees and maintenance companies.

Infrastructure and train operators should have a safety management system based on national or EU norms and approved by Railway Authority (DDGM).

Both passenger and freight train operators should have met the minimum capital and minimum number of rolling stock criterias.

Both infrastructure and train operators must have suitable insurance policies covering all liabilities to passengers, freight and 3rd parties.

Train operators must prove their capability with their organization charts which must include sufficient number of managers which have licenses as well as their ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates.

Train operators which are going to carry dangerous goods must prove that their rolling stock is suitable for that and must have additional insurance policy covering special risks of those goods.

Train operators will be fully liable for any injury or death of passenger or staff, damage or loss of goods transported.

Photo: Onur Uysal

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