These obligations are defined in the RID, paragraph 126.96.36.199.1. The provisions of this paragraph are considered to be met if UIC Leaflet 471-3, point 5 (Inspections of dangerous goods consignments) is applied.
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Chapter 1.4 of the RID handles the obligations of the various parties in the transport chain. The infrastructure manager’s (IM) obligations are defined in point 188.8.131.52. These obligations essentially concern emergency planning and the provision of information. These obligations are organised consistently with the arrangements provided for by the rules and regulations pertaining to operational safety in general.
The system is organised via UIC Leaflet 471-3, which was first issued in 2000 and is updated in line with developments in rules and regulations and experience. The participation of railway undertakings (RUs) in this system is voluntary. However, when an RU does participate, it undertakes to observe all the requirements provided for under the system. Participating RUs systematically perform the checks provided for under point 5 of the leaflet upon receipt of consignments from their consignor. RUs inform one another of any anomalies recorded. The participating RUs are listed on a public list.
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These are defined by the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID). This document is Appendix C to the COTIF. In application of European Directive 2008/68/EC, compliance with this document is mandatory for all carriage within the European Union.
Rules and regulations are updated on an ongoing basis in order to take account of experience and of new types of goods arriving on the market. The harmonisation of rules between various modes of transport is increasingly important, with international trade and multimodal and intermodal transport all growing.
Work to amend the various regulatory texts takes place within intergovernmental, European and international bodies. UIC participates in this work with the status of a non-governmental organisation. Nevertheless, UIC may submit proposals and make observations concerning the proposed amendments. Other organisations have the same status: UIP, CEFIC, AEGPL, FIATA, etc.
The proposed amendments and documents used for this work are public, as are the minutes of meetings and the decisions taken. They may be consulted on the following websites:
- For rail transport: http://www.otif.org/en/dangerous-goods.html
- For joint meetings with the road transport sector and for UN recommendations and UN Model Regulations: http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/danger.html
UIC is officially represented in the bodies concerned. The proposals it puts forward and the positions it adopts are prepared in advance by the UIC RID Group of Experts. These experts discuss the conditions of application of the regulations in force. They share experience and useful information, and manage UIC Leaflet 471-3.
The Dangerous Goods Policy Coordination Group (GSMD) addresses specific issues such as security, telematics applications, risk assessment, etc. GSMD manages UIC Leaflet 201.
When the issues concerned are European Union prerogatives, the UIC positions are established jointly with the Community of European Railways (CER).