Cf. Permission to operate on the national railway network (the Rail Regulations), especially §§ 2-1 and 2-2 - Annex 1.3.
The regulations are available in English via the NRA’s websites, http://www.sjt.no/en/Rules-and-regulations/ /
Norway has signed the Convention of international railway transportation - cf. the COTIF Act, Annex 1.3.
OTIF (www.otif.org) has updated lists of all railway- and ferry lines where CIM and CIV are applicable to international railway transportation.
The national part of the Trans European Conventional Railway Network consists of the following routes:
For additional regulations - cf. The Traffic Coordination Regulations - Annex 1.3.
Cf. The Rail Regulations Ch. 2 – cf. Annex 1.3.
The following undertakings comply with the requirements of applying for train paths in Norway:
This permission can be granted when the Capacity Allocation process commences or when applications for train paths have to be submitted before a decision has been made on which RU will conduct the traffic.
Enterprises that do not possess a licence and safety certificate in Norway can have infrastructure capacity reserved, but will not have train routes issued. Train routes will only be issued to an RU that is actually going to run the trains.
Personnel from Jernbaneverket shall as far as necessary be given access to drivers’ cabs in the RU’s trains for the purpose of inspecting the infrastructure, cf. the ATS.
The RU shall make its routines for access to the driver’s cab in such a way that an agreement concerning the entry of an inspector in a driver`s cab can be reached at short notice (less than an hour).
Jernbaneverket is responsible in turn for seeing that the inspector does not unnecessarily disturb the driving crew.
The reason for this requirement is partly to avoid reserving more infrastructure capacity than necessary for inspection and maintenance, and partly to ensure that Jernbaneverket gets a realistic picture of the visibility conditions for the driving crew.
Cf. The Working Environment Act Ch. 2 – cf. Annex 1.3.
When two or more employers are conducting activities simultaneously at the same working premises, the employees will normally be exposed to extra risks at employers other than his/her own employer. Therefore, each employer shall ensure that his own activities are arranged and carried out so that the other employer`s employees are also protected in accordance with the rules of the Working Environment Act. The responsibility for co-ordinating the safety and environmental work at the premises is laid upon the principal enterprise.
Principal Enterprise Liability regarding railway activity:
RUs who have access to operate on the national railway network may obtain permission to operate trains in Norway. EU Dir. 2001/14/EC Article 16 and The Rail Regulations §§ 2-1 and 2-2 – cf. Annex 1.3.
A. RUs with access to operate on the national railway network, cf. The Rail Regulations § 2-1. This applies to RUs who are granted access to stretches which are part of the national railway network, provided that the RU has a license (cf. Annex 1.3, The Rail Regulations Chapter 5) and a safety certificate, Annex 1.3 accordingly, Ch. 6 for the relevant transport and stretches.
The access also covers necessary transport of the railway material on the complete national railway network, cf. The Rail Regulations § 2-1, Sect. 2.
B. RUs that may apply to the Ministry of Transport for access to operate on the national railway network, cf. The Rail Regulations § 2-2.
The following RUs may in certain circumstances be granted access to stretches which form part of the national railway network, provided that the RU has a license to perform its activity (cf. The Rail Regulations Ch. 5) and a safety certificate according to Ch. 6.
Access according to the first two bullet points is granted in cases where this will lead to a rational flow of traffic.
Licence is issued by the NRA. Concerning contact information - cf. Annex 1.3.
The Safety certificate is issued by the NRA. Concerning contact information - cf. Annex 1.3.
The Rail Regulations § 5-6 Insurance/Guarantee – cf. Annex 1.3.
The RU shall have the necessary insurance or have guarantee for liability which might occur due to the RU`s operations, including coverage of liability in the case of accidents, especially concerning passengers, luggage, freight, mail or third party. The policy/guarantee must provide minimum cover of 4500G (Norwegian National Insurance basic sum) per incidence of damage.
Jernbaneverket requires that this insurance be sufficient to cover the liability that the RU and others for which the RU is responsible can incur with Jernbaneverket, including damage to infrastructure, clean-up after operating accidents and fire extinction.
Cf. the Allocation Regulations Ch. 6 and EU Dir. 2001/14/EC Article 17 – Annex 1.3.
Framework agreements can be prepared for each individual case.
Jernbaneverket is generally willing to enter into mutual framework agreements pertaining to (infrastructure) improvements and/or additional services.
Cf. The Allocation Regulations § 8-1 and EU Directive 2001/12, Article 1 (11) – Annex 1.3.
The ATS is the only agreement required in order to deliver the minimum access package - Cf. Ch. 6.1.1. An ATS is not required before applying for a train path, but is required in order to have train paths issued.
The current ATS is available in Annex 2.3.2. A printed copy can be ordered through.
The ATS format can be modified and new ATS can be signed regardless of the validity period of the Network Statement.
There is no independent approval of the ATS. The ATS gives RUs access to stations as well as locomotive depots, goods sheds, goods terminals, train formation yards and marshalling yards.
Special agreements are being entered into for access to / rental of (premises in) station buildings, goods sheds, goods terminals and locomotive stalls. See Ch. 5.4 for further information.
The following regulations issued by the NRA and provisions issued by the Jernbaneverket constitute the sum of the operational rules for the national rail network:
Pursuant to the Train Operation Regulations, RUs shall prepare a rule book and route book for the RUs’ drivers, cf. Train Operation Regulations § 2-4 and 2-5 - Annex 1.3.
The Operational Rules are only available in Norwegian. Jernbaneverket has agreements with printing houses which print the aforementioned documents. RUs can print the Operational Rules where required.
Signing an access agreement obligates an RU to follow Jernbaneverket’s operational rules in the form that they exist at the time when the contract is signed.
Cf. the Instructions for Official Studies and Reports - cf. Annex 1.3.
These rules do not restrict Jernbaneverket’s right to decide upon modifications in accordance with the power granted by laws or regulations.
Amendments to the operational rules, which are a necessary result of the conversion of some parts of these rules into regulations, will normally not be subjected to a public review by Jernbaneverket. A review will be held in such cases by the public authority that sets the regulations.
Descriptions of technical systems or local procedures will normally not be applicable for public review. Neither will amendments to the above.
Jernbaneverket requires that an RU have a transport management that is immediately accessible at all times when the RU has trains running.
The transport management shall have all the necessary authority to make decisions for the purpose of terminating situations with deviations so that any negative effects of the deviation that may occur will be as small and brief as possible.
The RU shall give Jernbaneverket the necessary information for contacting its transport management. The RU is responsible for keeping its contact information updated at all times.
Changes of contact information notified to email@example.com
Changes will be updated 14 days after enrollment.
Exceptional transport is defined in the UIC-leaflet 502-1, Article1.3, cf. Annex 1.3. Jernbaneverket adheres to the UIC definition. Jernbaneverket decides whether an exceptional transport can be allowed to run and on what terms. Exceptional transport during the capacity allocation process is described in Ch. 4.7.
The transport of dangerous good by train is regulated in the following laws and regulations:
JD: Regulations relating to the transport of dangerous goods on roads and railways (Land Transportation Regulations)
DSB: ADR/RID 2015
UIC: Leaflet 502-1
Laws and regulations, cf. Annex 1.3.
The handling of dangerous goods in the Capacity-Allocation process is described in more detail in chapter 4.7.
The NRA is the acceptance authority for rolling stock.
Information about the process can be obtained by inquiring with the NRA. Concerning contact information - cf. Annex 1.3.
The rolling stock which Jernbaneverket uses, whether it is own rolling stock or hired machines used in connection with assignments performed for Jernbaneverket must also have JBV-registration document with valid JBV Technical control limit (JBV TKF) issued by Jernbaneverket.
To ensure that the locomotive drivers have access to different operating cabinets, eg. wind cabinet and control cabinets for road safety equipment, all hauling engines shall be equipped with “Centralized Train Control – keys”.
The keys may be collected at Jernbaneverket. Send an email to: IFJ_ordre@jbv.no
The request for keys must contain the following information:
Alternatively, the keys may be collected at: Jernbaneverket Sentrallager Grorud Østre Aker vei 256, Oslo, Norway
Those who requests keys, are obliged to sign for the keys and return them when no longer needed. In case of lost keys, Jernbaneverket must be notified.
To operate trains safely away from dangerous areas in case of fire, gas leaks etc. it is recommended that all trains be equipped with two gas masks for gas and smoke protection. Passenger trains should be equipped with two sets of gas masks, one of which is placed in the hauling engine for use by the train driver, and one to be placed with other emergency equipment for use by other train staff. In units with two driver’s cabs there ought to be one set of equipment in connection with each of the driver’s cabs.
Drivers of railway hauling vehicles must pass the exam of a qualified vocational school. This requirement does not apply to a) drivers trained as engine drivers at the railway organisation in Norway before 1st July 2005, b) drivers of light rail motor tractors c) drivers trained in another EEC country or drivers trained in a country outside the EEC if the training is comparable with the Norwegian training.
With the exception of the above no public certification is required.
General guidelines concerning staff qualifications are provided in the railway legislation (only available in Norwegian),
In particular, see; (Annex 1.3)
Norwegian Railway Academy (Norsk jernbaneskole) provides external examiners for exams concerning the operational rules for engine drivers, shunters etc.
Cf. Ch. 184.108.40.206 for information about the Academy.
The basic training of engine drivers is organised as an official vocational training by the Norwegian Railway Academy.
Final authorization of engine drivers including teaching and approval on the individual engine will be performed by the individual RU.
In order to operate equipment along Jernbaneverket’s infrastructure (switch-locks, level crossing boxes, etc.), the RU’s drivers and possible other personnel who require it, shall be equipped with a “Square key”.
Requests for keys must be directed to NSB/Mantena. Those who make such requests are obliged to sign for the keys and return them when no longer needed. In case of lost keys NSB/Mantena must be notified.
Jernbaneverket refers to the Safety Management Regulations § 4-7 fourth paragraph in which it states that: “The infrastructure manager shall ensure that own emergency preparedness plans and the emergency preparedness plans of all railway undertakings that operate on the national railway network are coordinated. The emergency preparedness plans must also be coordinated with the relevant public authorities”.
Jernbaneverket has described its system for preparedness for adverse events according to Safety Management Regulations. The description conveys Jernbaneverket’s principles for dimensioning and priorities.