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2000-10-31 ATO-001


ATOC calls for independent safety regulator

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ATOC calls for independent safety regulator

31 October 2000
source ATOC
type Press release

The Association of Train Operating Companies, ATOC, today (Tuesday) called for changes to the rail safety regime with the establishment of a National Rail Safety Authority.

ATOC recommends a single cohesive safety regulatory body to simplify the current complex system and remove conflicts of interest in both Railtrack (which is both operator and regulator) and HMRI (regulator and investigator).

In its evidence to the Cullen Inquiry, ATOC proposed setting up two independent bodies: the National Rail Safety Authority (NRSA), responsible for safety regulation; and a Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB), responsible for accident investigation and modelled on the Air Accident Investigation Bureau.

The NRSA would be responsible for both public and employee safety, and take over the functions of HMRI and Railtrack S&SD. The UK's Civil Aviation Authority is the model proposed by ATOC. The NRSA's functions should include standard setting, rail safety case and vehicle acceptance, safety research, and enforcement.

George Muir, Director General of ATOC, said of the proposals:

"Management of rail safety has, in many ways, become more sophisticated since privatisation. However, as a matter of principle, accident investigation should be separate from regulation, and from industry bodies. Safety regulation should be separate from operation. ATOC's recommendations provide for clarity with the introduction of a single, independent regulator and a separate investigation body.

The establishment of Rail Safety Limited as a Railtrack subsidiary is a stopgap solution. It does not resolve the problems of complexity or conflicts of interest."


For more information call the ATOC Press Office on 020 7904 3010

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