Rail safety: transport of dangerous goods by rail
The purpose of this Directive is to harmonise the rules applicable to the national and intra-Community transport of dangerous goods by rail. Harmonisation of the rules makes it possible to remove obstacles to the free movement of goods between Member States with regard to transport equipment. Such transport will therefore be carried out under the best possible safety conditions.
The purpose of this Directive is to establish national safety standards at the level of the international standards set in the Convention Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF). It also aims to create a single market in the transport of dangerous goods by rail.
All the Member States are Contracting Parties to the COTIF that defines the rules concerning the contract for international carriage of goods by rail (CIM *). The COTIF does not cover the national carriage of dangerous goods by rail. The CIM constitutes the regulations concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by rail (RID *).
Scope and derogations
Member States may exempt the transport of dangerous goods conducted by means of transport equipment belonging to the armed forces from the scope of this Directive.
Member States retain the right to lay down safety requirements for national or international transport, in so far as this Directive does not cover that area. This applies, for example, to the running of trains or the marshalling of freight wagons.
Each Member State also retains the right to regulate or prohibit, strictly for reasons other than safety, the internal transport of certain dangerous goods by rail.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 96/49/EC [Procedure SYN/1994/0284]||17.9.1996||1.1.1997||OJ L 235 of 17.9.1996|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2000/62/EC||1.11.2000||1.5.2001||OJ L 279 of 1.11.2000|
|Directive 2001/6/EC||21.2.2001||31.12.2001/31.12.2002||OJ L 30 of 1.2.2001|
|Decision 2002/885/EC||1.7.2001||1.7.2001/1.7.2003||OJ L 308 of 9.11.2002|
|Directive 2003/29/EC||9.4.2003||1.7.2003||OJ L 90 of 8.4.2003|
|Directive 2004/89/EC||6.10.2004||1.10.2004||OJ L 293 of 16.9.2004|
|Directive 2004/110/EC||30.12.2004||1.7.2005||OJ L 365 of 10.12.2004|
|Directive 2006/90/EC||24.11.2006||1.7.2007||OJ L 305 of 4.11.2006|