Normative regulation of railroad transport to resume by 2021

29 november 2019

The structure of new normative regulation for the railroad transport industry has been presented to experts at a roundtable in the Analytical Center.

“The document is being worked on within the framework of the regulatory guillotine, a universal instrument for reviewing the entire bulk of mandatory requirements,” deputy head of the Project Office for the Implementation of the Supervisory Activity Reform Valery Saladnikov said.

The need to review the norms was realized a long time ago, according to Deputy Director of the Russian Transport Ministry’s Directorate of State Policy for Railroad Transport Sergey Likhachyov. In his words, it is being regulated by a cumbersome system of requirements developed back in the Soviet period. These are international agreements, federal laws, and documents of the government and ministries. “Some of these documents are duplicating one another, and some are out-of-date. However, operation of railroad transport involves numerous safety hazards, and we are well aware of the fact that the problem cannot be resolved by merely cancelling a package of obsolete documents,” Likhachyov said.

Once the regulatory guillotine is applied, the system of normative regulation in the field of railroad transport will be crystal-clear and will define the key values and industry risks. The government will be controlling traffic safety, fire safety of facilities, their accessibility for persons with disabilities, and compliance with technical regulations of the Customs Union and license terms. Meanwhile, the conclusion and fulfillment of agreements on railroad transportation services and other civil law contracts will be exempt from state supervision.