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RailCom – new name and new responsibilities

2020-06-30 04:08:03
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

Berne, 30.06.2020 - From 1 July 2020, the Railways Arbitration Commission RACO will be known as the Rail Transport Commission RailCom, writes the Swiss Federal Council.

The entry into force of the “Rail Infrastructure Organisation (RIO)” bill means that RailCom will acquire additional responsibilities as well as a new name. As a result, RailCom will therefore see an expansion of its supervisory activities as regards non-discriminatory access to the Swiss rail network.

Railway Reform 1, which entered into effect in 1999, obliged rail transport companies in Switzerland to manage their infrastructure and transport divisions separately from a financial and, in part, organisational point of view. This created a basis for the introduction of free network access, since which time rail infrastructure operators have been obliged to grant all rail companies non-discriminatory access to their rail network.

RailCom adjudicates complaints and initiates investigations ex officio if there is reason to suspect that access to the network is being impeded or granted on a non-discriminatory basis. Since mid-2016, the operators of cargo handling facilities combining transport and railway sidings subsidised by the federal government have also had to grant non-discriminatory access and are therefore subject to RailCom supervision.The entry into force of the “Rail Infrastructure Organisation (RIO)” bill on 1 July 2020 will further extend RailCom’s remit.

In particular, RailCom will acquire new responsibilities in the following areas:From 1 July 2020, the Railways Arbitration Commission RACO will be renamed “Rail Transport Commission RailCom”. This independent agency has been active since 1 January 2000 and is based in Bern.

Its members are chosen by the Federal Council. RailCom comes under the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) for administrative purposes, as do the regulatory authorities ElCom, ComCom and PostCom.Railways Arbitration Commission RACOChristoffelgasse 53003 BernPatrizia Danioth Halter, RACO ChairTel.

+41 58 467 41 05, info@ske.admin.ch.

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