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Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending regulations of:

27 March 2007 [shall come into force on 1 April 2007];
26 June 2007 [shall come into force on 1 July 2007];
22 December 2009 [shall come into force on 1 January 2010];
26 July 2011 [shall come into force on 29 July 2011].

If a whole or part of a paragraph has been amended, the date of the amending regulation appears in square brackets at the end of the paragraph. If a whole paragraph or sub-paragraph has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted paragraph or sub-paragraph.


Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 973

Adopted 20 December 2005

By-laws of the Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau

[26 June 2007]

Issued pursuant to
Section 16, Paragraph one of
the State Administration Structure Law

I. General Provisions

1. The Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau (hereinafter - Bureau) is an institution of direct administration under supervision of the Minister for Transport.

[26 June 2007]

2. The purpose of the operation of the Bureau is to implement the State administration function in the field of investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents, in the field of investigation of serious railway accidents and other railway accidents (hereinafter - railway accidents), as well as in the field of investigation of marine casualties and incidents. Operation of the Bureau shall not cause legal effects for third persons, if it is not laid down otherwise in laws and regulations.

[27 March 2007; 22 December 2009; 26 July 2011]

II. Functions, Tasks and Competence of the Bureau

3. The functions of the Bureau:

3.1. to investigate civil aviation accidents and incidents and to analyse the causes thereof;

3.2. to inform the Ministry of Transport regarding civil aviation accidents and incidents and railway accidents, which have taken place in the territory of the Republic of Latvia, as well as regarding civil aviation accidents and incidents, which have taken place in other states, if aircraft registered in the Civil Aircraft Register of the Republic of Latvia are involved, and railway accidents, if rolling stock registered in the Republic of Latvia is involved;

3.3. to inform the aviation authorities of the concerned states, persons and the International Civil Aviation Organisation regarding civil aviation accidents and serious incidents, which have taken place in the territory of the Republic of Latvia, as well as regarding the commencement of the investigation thereof;

3.4. to investigate railway accidents and to analyse the causes thereof;

3.5. to notify the railway authorities of concerned states, infrastructure managers, railway undertakings and the European Railway Agency regarding railway accidents, which have taken place in the territory of the Republic of Latvia, as well as regarding the commencement of the investigation thereof;

3.6. to take decisions on investigation of other railway traffic accidents and incidents related to the movement of trains, if they affect the safety of movement, taking into account the seriousness of the accident, and its impact upon railway safety at the Community level, as well as the requests of infrastructure managers, railway undertaking merchants, safety institutions or European Union Member States;

3.7. to investigate marine casualties and incidents and to analyse their causes;

3.8. to notify the Ministry of Transport regarding marine casualties and incidents, in which a ship registered in the Latvian Ship Register is involved, regarding casualties and incidents, which take place in the territorial sea or internal waters of the Republic of Latvia, as well as regarding casualties, in which the Republic of Latvia is the substantially interested State;

3.9. to notify ship owners, maritime institutions of the flag State, maritime institutions of the concerned states regarding marine casualties, which have taken place in the territorial sea or internal waters of the Republic of Latvia.

[27 March 2007; 22 December 2009; 26 July 2011]

4. In order to ensure fulfilment of its functions, the Bureau shall:

4.1. prepare final reports on investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents, final reports on investigation of railway accidents, reports on investigation of marine casualties and incidents, and draw up recommendations for the prevention of similar civil aviation accidents and incidents, railway accidents, and marine casualties and incidents in the future;

4.2. ensure the constant readiness (24 hours) of investigators of the Bureau for departure to the location of a civil aircraft accident, railway accident, and marine casualty;

4.3. register civil aviation accidents and incidents, railway accidents, and marine casualties and incidents, which have taken place in the Republic of Latvia, as well as which have taken outside the Republic of Latvia, if aircraft, railway rolling stock or ships registered in the Republic of Latvia are involved in the civil aviation accident and incident, railway accident, and marine casualty and incident;

4.4. systematise and store information regarding all civil aviation accidents and incidents, which have taken place in the territory of the Republic of Latvia or in which aircraft registered in the Civil Aircraft Register of the Republic of Latvia are involved, regarding all railway accidents, which have taken place in the Republic of Latvia, and all marine casualties and incidents, which have taken place in territorial sea and internal waters of the Republic of Latvia or with a ship registered in the Latvian Ship Register;

4.5. send the flight safety recommendations, recommendations for the prevention of railway accidents, recommendations for the prevention of marine casualties and incidents to the addressees specified in the laws and regulations regarding investigation of civil aviation accidents, railway accidents or marine casualties;

4.6. according to the competence thereof, co-operate with international organisations and institutions of other states, which investigate civil aviation accidents and incidents, railway accidents, and marine casualties and incidents;

4.7. according to the competence thereof enter into agreements with the relevant aviation, railway and maritime institutions of other states;

4.8. ensure the purposeful and efficient utilisation of the financing granted;

4.9. according to the competence thereof participate in the drafting of laws and regulations and in the provision of opinions on draft laws and regulations prepared by other institutions.

[26 July 2011]

5. In order to carry out the tasks specified, the Bureau has the right to involve other experts in the investigation of civil aviation accidents and incidents, railway accidents and marine casualties and incidents, as well as to request and receive from legal and natural persons the information and documents necessary for the investigation.

[26 July 2011]

III. Structure and Administration of the Bureau

6. The work of the Bureau shall be managed by the Director. The Director of the Bureau upon confirmation of the candidacy by the Cabinet shall be appointed to and removed from office by the Minister for Transport.

[26 July 2011]

7. The Director of the Bureau shall perform the functions of the head of the institution of direct administration laid down in the State Administration Structure Law.

8. [22 December 2009]

9. The Director of the Bureau shall form the internal organisational structure of the Bureau.

IV. Reports on Fulfilment of the Functions and Utilisation of State Budget Resources

10. The Director of the Bureau shall, not less than once a year, submit to the Minister for Transport a report on fulfilment of the functions of the Bureau and utilisation of the financing granted.

[22 December 2009]

11. The Minister for Transport has the right to request reports on utilisation of the financing granted and information regarding the fulfilment of the functions of the Bureau at any time.

[22 December 2009]

V. Ensuring Lawfulness of Operation of the Bureau

12. The Director of the Bureau shall ensure the lawful operation of the Bureau. The Director of the Bureau has the right to repeal decisions of the officials of the Bureau and internal regulatory enactments.

13. The director of the Bureau shall take a decision on the actual actions of officials and employees of the Bureau submitted by a private individual. The decision of the Director of the Bureau may be appealed in the court.

14. Administrative deeds and actual actions of the Director of the Bureau may be submitted in the Ministry of Transport, but the decision of the Ministry of Transport may be appealed in the court.

VI. Closing Provision

15. This Regulation shall come into force on 1 January 2006.

Prime Minister A. Kalvītis

Minister for Transport A.Šlesers

 


Translation © 2016 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 973Adoption: 20.12.2005.Entry into force: 01.01.2006.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 206 (3364), 23.12.2005.
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