ERA certifies first freight wagons for operations across Europe
The European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) has issued the first vehicle authorisation for thirty freight wagons to be operated across Europe. The historic document was delivered three weeks after ERA becoming the European authorising entity for rail traffic in all European countries.
ERA has granted the first conformity-to-type authorisation for 30 freight wagons. “ERA succeeded in taking the decision on this conformity-to-type authorisation well within the legal timeframe of four weeks. Considering that this first authorisation is a learning process for all parties involved, I congratulate the experts from the manufacturer and ERA to have managed this so well”, noted Thierry Breyne, Head of the Planning and Approvals Delivery Unit at ERA.
Well in time
In the first two weeks, ERA received more than thirty valid applications for vehicle authorisations and two applications for single safety certificates, involving most of the countries that have transposed the new legislation in 2019. ERA has assigned dedicated multilingual expert teams to assess each application.
“Thanks to our learning case programme prior to 16 June, and the excellent cooperation between ERA experts and the applicants before and before to the authorisation process, we are well prepared to efficiently manage the new applications. I am proud to say that our processes have been running smoothly from day one”, said Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of ERA.