Another legislation of last six left is published. This legislation covers management, administration and inspection of safety in railway and clarifies the responsibilities of infrastructure, train and urban rail operators.
Here are the “new” things we are going to face with this legislation:
Responsibilities will be clear
Infrastructure and train operators will publish the commitments and responsibilites of the companies and responsibilities of management team in detail openly and clearly. Companies should also publish their safety targets, standards and procedures.
Training will be a must
Railway companies will be responsible for training of their whole staff in terms of safety. The staff with critical responsibilities like loco drivers should fulfill the requirements of their jobs. This means they should not only complete the required courses, but also should have personal safety certifications.
Qualified staff will have priority
Companies should consider the education, training, capabilities and experience of the candidates when recruiting.
No transport on unsafe infrastructure
Infrastructure operators should prove the safety of the infrastructure and their maintanance and operation procedures. Operators can only give service on the lines which is included in the safety certificate.
New responsibilities for municipalities
Municipalities that operate urban rail services should also prove the saferty of their operation. Certificates will be valid for 5 years.
Train operators cannot run without certificate
Both the passenger and freight train operators should also get safety certificate. For this, they should prepare rolling stock list, operation procedures, organizational structure and safety management systems in the format and content preraped by Railway Authority.
Transportation ministry’s administrative fund will make money
Fee for safety certifications is TL 1 mn (around € 300k) for infrastructure operators, TL 500k for train operators, TL 100k for urban rail systems and TL 50k for urban rail operators. All fees will be paid to Administrative Fund of Transportation Ministry.
Qualified staff needed for safety management systems
Safety management systems are not prepared only once in five years, but should also be updated in every important change in legislation, infrastructure, fleet, operation, company, even organization. This will mean that qualified staff is needed for this setup and improvements, where will either be solved inhouse or outsourced.
Maintanance companies will be in charge
Train operators should assing a maintanance company for their rolling stock. These companies will be responsible for maintanance of rail cars applying car-specific conditions, TSI and legisltion in Turkey. Specific to the freight wagons, maintanance companies should have ECM certification.
Safety KPIs will be open to public
Transportation Minsitry will publish the targets of the operators, plans and results every year in internet. Common safety KPIs and annual inspection reports of operators will also be open to public.
Crash investigation committee will in charge
An independent committee of technical experts will investigate every accident on railways. Train and urban rail operators should also run their own inspection and complete within a year. The report of committee will be separete from the investigation of prosecution, with the target to find out technical and administrative reasons of accident.
Transition period for current operators
Current infrastructure, train and urban rail operators will be allowed to complete the safety rules and certification within 3 years.
Current staff will get temporary personal safety certificate
The current critical staff that should get personal safety certificate to work will get their temporary certificate from their companies until their company complete the safety certification.
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