“P W F help was vital in preparing us for wagon ECM certification”
PWF played a leading role in facilitating the introduction of the legislative requirement for all Wagon ECMs (entities in charge of maintenance) to be certificated by May 31st 2013. We have continued to be closely involved in supporting our Members in this and other related European Union legislative areas, including the Common Safety Methods for Risk Assessment and Monitoring.
The European Union Railways Interoperability Directives require the publication of mandatory EU –wide TSIs (Technical Standards for Interoperability). The Wagon and Noise TSIs are currently again under revision and through membership of the appropriate committees we are working to ensure that UK requirements are effectively reflected and represented.
Domestic industry technical standards and guidance documents are always evolving and we are continuously actively engaged with developments that are particularly pertinent to rail wagon construction, operation, maintenance or modification.
PWF is a central player in the industry initiatives currently underway to consider and endeavour to influence Brexit developments. We have a particular interest in the standards and approvals aspects and are seeking to establish the optimum outcome for our Members taking account the requirements of both domestic and international rail freight wagons.
PWF proactively engages with key industry committees such as the Freight Technical Committee (FTC) and the Cross-Industry Freight Train Derailments Working Group. This assists our Members to discharge their duty of co-operation between themselves and other industry players and to facilitate the sharing of experience, learning and best practice, particularly in areas potentially impacting on safety. The PWF Engineering Committee and its Members play an important role in this area.