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Railways and Harbours Conference 2009 Brief overview of proposed changes to the National Railway Safety Regulator Act  (Ac...
Contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who the RSR regulates  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseeing safety: K...
Regulating Safety: Parties involved RSR 1. NETWORK   OPERATOR 2. TRAIN OPERATOR (TRACTION) 3. STATION OPERATOR 1.3 Constru...
Overseeing safety <ul><li>Receiving information (data and statistics on railway occurrences and corrective actions) </li><...
National Railway Safety Regulator Bill:  Key amendments impacting on operators
Section 1:Definitions (1) <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All lines are not electrified </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Netwo...
Section 1:Definitions (2) <ul><li>Station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People entrain and detrain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My i...
Section 3:Application of the Act <ul><li>Use of gauge as only determinant corrected </li></ul><ul><li>Act applies to railw...
Section 5: Objects of the RSR <ul><li>Clarified the relative responsibility of the RSR and operators </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Section 17: Funds of the RSR <ul><li>Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Safety permit fees </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties (detailed...
Safety Permits <ul><li>Sections 22 and 24: Makes provision for more that one type of  safety permit </li></ul><ul><li>Sect...
Section 29: Standards <ul><li>In addition to developing standards, RSR can adopt or accept existing standards </li></ul><u...
Section 33: Powers of inspectors regarding dangerous goods <ul><li>After an occurrence involving dangerous goods, inspecto...
Section 38:Railway occurrence investigations <ul><li>Entire section redrafted </li></ul><ul><li>Operators must investigate...
Section 38:Railway occurrence investigations  (cont.) <ul><li>RSR may summons persons to provide information and evidence ...
Section 44: Appeals against a decision of the CEO <ul><li>Provision made for notice of intention to appeal within 21 days ...
Section 45A: Penalties <ul><li>New section </li></ul><ul><li>Penalty regulations to be developed </li></ul><ul><li>Intenti...
Challenges (1) <ul><li>Trespassing </li></ul><ul><li>Informal settlements </li></ul><ul><li>and vandalism </li></ul><ul><l...
Challenges (2) <ul><li>Level crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Collisions </li></ul><ul><li>Technological changes </li></ul><ul>...
Conclusion <ul><li>Proposed amendments address anomalies clarify the role and functioning of the RSR </li></ul><ul><li>Ope...
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Presented by: Mervyn Panzera at the 2009 Railways and Harbours Conference in Cape Town.

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  1. 1. Railways and Harbours Conference 2009 Brief overview of proposed changes to the National Railway Safety Regulator Act (Act 16, 2002) presented by Mervyn Panzera, Pr.Eng., FSAICE Safety Advisor
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who the RSR regulates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseeing safety: Key RSR activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes to the National Railway Safety Regulator Act impacting on operators </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges facing RSR and the industry </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Regulating Safety: Parties involved RSR 1. NETWORK OPERATOR 2. TRAIN OPERATOR (TRACTION) 3. STATION OPERATOR 1.3 Construction, maintenance, operation 2.3 Wagon Operator (Carrier) 2.4 Traction Maintenance 3.1 STATION OWNER 2.6 WAGON OWNER 1.4 Train movement authorisation 1.1NETWORK OWNER 2.1 TRACTION OWNER 2.7 Wagon maintenance 2.8 Wagon Maintenance 2.5 Train Movement authorisation 3.2 Maintenance 3.3 Maintenance 1.2 Construction, maintenance 2.2 Traction Maintenance
  4. 4. Overseeing safety <ul><li>Receiving information (data and statistics on railway occurrences and corrective actions) </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting inspections and audits </li></ul><ul><li>Undertaking occurrence investigations </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring implementation of corrective actions arising from audits, inspections, and investigations </li></ul><ul><li>Undertake technical submittal reviews throughout the life cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring implementation of conditions of Safety Permits, including Annual Safety Improvement Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Issuing notices and directives to address unsafe conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Develop regulations </li></ul><ul><li>and standards </li></ul>Directives Reviews Monitor Regulations and standards
  5. 5. National Railway Safety Regulator Bill: Key amendments impacting on operators
  6. 6. Section 1:Definitions (1) <ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All lines are not electrified </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network operator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety of the network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life cycle and integrity of the network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance of rolling stock on the network to standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Authorising and directing of safe movement of rolling stock </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Section 1:Definitions (2) <ul><li>Station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People entrain and detrain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My include intermodal facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Train operator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe movement of rolling stock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety and integrity of rolling stock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety of persons and freight </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Section 3:Application of the Act <ul><li>Use of gauge as only determinant corrected </li></ul><ul><li>Act applies to railway system operating on monorail, magnetic levitation, fixed rail on pneumatic tyres, and tramway or tram </li></ul>
  9. 9. Section 5: Objects of the RSR <ul><li>Clarified the relative responsibility of the RSR and operators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSR oversees safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operators are responsible for safety </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSR to promote safety thereby promoting use of rail ( change of emphasis ) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Section 17: Funds of the RSR <ul><li>Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Safety permit fees </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties (detailed in Section 45A) </li></ul><ul><li>Fees for services </li></ul><ul><li>Donations </li></ul><ul><li>Other sources determined by the Minister </li></ul>
  11. 11. Safety Permits <ul><li>Sections 22 and 24: Makes provision for more that one type of safety permit </li></ul><ul><li>Section 23: Fees for safety permits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determined annually by the Minister and not limited to ‘processing’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Makes provision for non-refundable application fee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Section 28: SMS and SMS reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amendment no longer requires regulations to determine the form and content of an SMS and SMSR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulator must determine this; a guide has been developed covering all types of safety permits </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Section 29: Standards <ul><li>In addition to developing standards, RSR can adopt or accept existing standards </li></ul><ul><li>In discussion with TFR and SABS to make identified standards available to the industry </li></ul><ul><li>Standards development regulations to be amended accordingly </li></ul>
  13. 13. Section 33: Powers of inspectors regarding dangerous goods <ul><li>After an occurrence involving dangerous goods, inspectors may audit, inspect, investigate activities that took place prior to the transport by rail for non-compliance; </li></ul><ul><li>Activities include classification, packaging, storage, loading, marking </li></ul>
  14. 14. Section 38:Railway occurrence investigations <ul><li>Entire section redrafted </li></ul><ul><li>Operators must investigate every occurrence </li></ul><ul><li>Operators must provide RSR with their reports if requested by the RSR </li></ul><ul><li>RSR mat require operators to assess impact of recommendations to improve safety </li></ul><ul><li>RSR must conduct its own investigation for purpose of preventing similar occurrences </li></ul>
  15. 15. Section 38:Railway occurrence investigations (cont.) <ul><li>RSR may summons persons to provide information and evidence </li></ul><ul><li>The RSR may appoint a suitably qualified person to conduct an investigation </li></ul><ul><li>The investigator may enter any place except a dwelling </li></ul><ul><li>The investigator may remove articles, inspect and make copies of documents </li></ul><ul><li>Person questioned by the investigator need not answer questions that are self-incriminating </li></ul>
  16. 16. Section 44: Appeals against a decision of the CEO <ul><li>Provision made for notice of intention to appeal within 21 days of CEO’s decision </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to be lodged within 30 days of the notice to appeal </li></ul>
  17. 17. Section 45A: Penalties <ul><li>New section </li></ul><ul><li>Penalty regulations to be developed </li></ul><ul><li>Intention is as compliance improves need for penalties reduces [penalties are not to be seen as a source of income] </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties imposed may differ between operators </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties may be recovered by civil action </li></ul><ul><li>Aggrieved person may appeal to the board </li></ul>
  18. 18. Challenges (1) <ul><li>Trespassing </li></ul><ul><li>Informal settlements </li></ul><ul><li>and vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Overcrowding, open doors, falling </li></ul><ul><li>Derailments </li></ul>
  19. 19. Challenges (2) <ul><li>Level crossings </li></ul><ul><li>Collisions </li></ul><ul><li>Technological changes </li></ul><ul><li>Competency and capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Condition of rolling stock and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Optimising scarce resources </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Proposed amendments address anomalies clarify the role and functioning of the RSR </li></ul><ul><li>Operators should have a better understanding of what is expected of them </li></ul><ul><li>Safety is, always was and will remain the responsibility of operators </li></ul><ul><li>In overseeing safety the RSR aims to remain objective, to give guidance where requested, but will not compromise its independent position as dictated in the Act. </li></ul><ul><li>Address any queries to the RSR to me and I will forward them to the appropriate person to respond [mervyn@rsr.org.za] </li></ul>
  21. 21. Safe and Secure!

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