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Commission Recommendation 2014/897/EU

This document broadens and replaces the content of Recommendation 2011/217/EU to describe a common understanding of the application of the authorisation processes for vehicle types, individual vehicles and fixed installations described in the Interoperability Directive.

It clarifies the documentation accompanying the authorisation and the roles and responsibilities of the actors involved.

It explains the relationship between essential requirements, TSIs and national rules and describes how the common safety method for risk assessment is to be used in the authorisation process.

It also describes roles and responsibilities applying to the use of vehicles and their modification.

Complementing this document are 4 case studies that were discussed in the workshop held by ERA on 21st October 2014. The “answers” to these case studies are the result of a consolidation of the answers suggested by groups in the workshop examining the cases.
 
Also complementing the document is a presentation that outlines the key concepts.
 

 

 Documents

 
Publication date Title
27-04-2015This presentation complements and outlines the key concepts of Recommendation 2014/897/EC.
16-04-2015Commission Recommendation of 5 December 2014 on matters related to the placing in service and use of structural subsystems and vehicles under Directives 2008/57/EC and 2004/49/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Text with EEA relevance (OJ L 355, 12.12.2014, p. 59–77) This Recommendation sets out the principles and directions for Member States to improve the common understanding and facilitate the harmonisation of the procedures for the authorisation for placing in service of structural subsystems and vehicles
16-04-2015This case study focuses on how to deal with authorisation of a vehicle (type) in more than one member state. It clarifies the following aspects: 1. What are the steps to be taken to establish the authorization case? 2. What benefits can the manufacturer gain from the first type authorization? a) For authorisations of new vehicles of this type in MS A b) If no modification is required for MS B c) If the loco type has to be modified to be technical compatible with MS B network by the addition of MS B’s class B signalling system 3. What documentation needs to be supplied for the authorization for MS B?
16-04-2015This case study focuses on how to deal with the authorisation of a wagon (type) in order to have a “go everywhere” wagon and achieve authorisation for all EU TEN G1 network at the same time in more than one member state. It clarifies the following aspects: 1.Which authorisation case applies? 2.Which TSIs and National Rules apply? 3.Which assessment bodies have to be involved (e.g. NoBo, DeBo, AsBo) and why? 4.What are the obligations of the entity (as keeper) after authorisation and before an individual freight wagon can be operated by a RU? 5.What are the obligations of a RU operating some of these freight wagons? 6.In case of later modification of existing wagon(s) that were authorised using a declaration of conformity to this type, what is the procedure to be applied? What are the responsibilities?
16-04-2015This case study focuses on different aspects relating the authorisation of a DMU platform for use on the whole 1435 mm network. The objective is to be able to offer versions of the platform that are already authorized, i.e. achieve “simultaneous authorisations” of a number of design types based on the platform. It clarifies the following aspects: 1.Identify which authorisation case(s) would be applied and describe the sequence. The objective is to avoid any duplication of tests and checks. 2.Which technical rules apply at each stage and which assessment bodies are to be used and when? 3.Explain how the concept of vehicle type and ISV enable the process to be kept simple.
16-04-2015This case study focuses on the different aspects an authorising entity must consider for the authorisation of a passenger coach transformed into a laboratory coach. Following are some of the aspects clarified: 1.Explain if/why consider the modified vehicle to be a new type and what assessments and certifications need to be carried out. 2.Explain if/why consider that a new authorisation may be required and what assessments and certifications will be required if a new authorisation is required. 3.Describe the stages of the process leading to authorisation. 4.Which TSIs have to be applied? Shall the modified vehicle comply with all the requirements laid down in the applicable TSIs?5.Shall I apply the CSM on Risk Assessment regulation as part of my process leading to a Declaration of Verification? 6.Shall I apply the CSM in another context? 7.Which is the content of the technical file accompanying the EC declaration of verification?
15-04-2011Commission Recommendation 2011/217/EU on the authorisation for the placing in service of structural subsystems and vehicles under Directive 2008/57/EC (DV29) has been published in the Official Journal (L095, Volume 54, 8 April 2011)
 

 Example case studies

 

CASE STUDY 1

This case study focuses on how to deal with the authorisation of a vehicle (type) in more than one member state.

CASE STUDY 2

This case study focuses on how to deal with the authorisation of a wagon (type) in order to have a “go everywhere” wagon and achieve authorisation for all EU TEN G1 network at the same time.

CASE STUDY 3

This case study focuses on different aspects relating the authorisation of a DMU platform for use on the whole 1435 mm network. The objective is to be able to offer versions of the platform that are already authorised, i.e. achieve “simultaneous authorisations” of a number  of design types based on the platform.

CASE STUDY 4

This case study focuses on the different aspects an authorising entity must consider for the authorisation of a passenger coach transformed into a laboratory coach.

 
 

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