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

22 May 2012 [shall come into force from 25 May 2012];
16 June 2015 [shall come into force from 1 January 2016];
23 August 2016 [shall come into force from 26 August 2016].

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. 873
Adopted 14 September 2010

Regulations Regarding Obtaining a Train Driver's Qualification and Licence to Drive a Traction Vehicle

Issued pursuant to
Section 20, Paragraph three of the law
On the Regulated Professions and the Recognition
of Professional Qualifications, and Section 37.1 ,
Paragraph seven, Clause one, and
Paragraph eight of the Railway Law

I. General Provisions

1. This Regulation prescribes:

1.1. the procedures for obtaining a train driver's qualification;

1.2. the conditions and procedures for obtaining and renewing a train driver's licence;

1.3. the conditions and procedures for the issue, suspension, revocation or renewal of a train driver's certificate of competence (hereinafter - the licence) and a harmonised complementary certificate;

1.4. the procedures by which the harmonised complementary certificate register shall be maintained, and the amount of data included therein.

2. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall issue, suspend, revoke or renew a licence. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall take all the necessary measures to prevent the forgery of licences.

3. A harmonised complementary certificate shall be issued, suspended, revoked and renewed and maintenance of the register of the harmonised complementary certificates shall be ensured by the employer of the train driver.

4. The issuer of a harmonised complementary certificate shall take all the necessary measures to prevent the forgery of a harmonised complementary certificate and tampering with the register entries.

5. A person may possess only one valid licence. The last licence, which was issued to the person, shall be deemed to be the one in force. If it is determined that an invalid licence has been used, it shall be suspended and destroyed by officials of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

II. Obtaining and Validity of the Licence

6. A person, or his or her representative, in order to obtain a licence shall submit an application for obtaining a train driver's licence (Annex 1) to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

7. The licence shall be issued to a person:

7.1. who resides in Latvia or who stays in Latvia for more than 185 days per calendar year;

7.2. who has attained 18 years of age;

7.3. who has completed at least nine-year general education and vocational education in the sphere of maintenance of rolling stock, which is equivalent to the third level of vocational qualification;

7.4. whose state of health has been evaluated in accordance with the regulatory enactments regarding the procedures for the performance of mandatory health examinations and it conforms to the requirements for work as a train driver;

7.5. who has a certificate of psycho-physiological suitability for performance of the work as a train driver;

7.6. who has passed the theoretical examination of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

8. The psycho-physiological suitability examination shall be performed by an accredited psychologist in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the law On Conformity Assessment. An accredited psychologist shall examine whether a person has no established psycho-physiological deficiencies (particularly in operational aptitudes) or other relevant deficiencies and personality factors, which are likely to interfere with the full and safe exercise of the duties of the train driver.

9. In accordance with Section 4(9a) of Annex I to Commission Regulation (EU) No 36/2010 of 3 December 2009 on Community models for train driving licences, complementary certificates, certified copies of complementary certificates and application forms for train driving licences, under Directive 2007/59/EC of the European Parliament and the Council (hereinafter - Regulation No 36/2010), in 9a.2 text box of the licence the language(s), in which the train driver gained his or her basic, secondary and higher education shall be indicated.

10. The licence holder shall be the train driver.

11. The period of validity of a licence shall be 10 years.

12. The licence shall be valid, if the train driver's health examination document is valid - a certificate regarding the suitability of the physical fitness for the work to be performed - and a psycho-physiological examination document - a certificate regarding the psycho-physiological fitness for the work to be performed. In order to obtain the aforementioned documents, the train driver shall pass a physical fitness examination in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding the procedures for undergoing a mandatory health examination and shall pass an occupational psycho-physiological fitness examination in the terms specified by a psychologist. After passing the examinations the train driver shall submit the relevant documents to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

III. Suspension and Revocation of the Licence

13. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall suspend the licence, if it has become invalid in accordance with the conditions referred to in Paragraph 12 of this Regulation.

14. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate discovers that the licence issued by another European Member State has become invalid in accordance with the conditions referred to in Section 12 of this Regulation or a person has submitted false information or has concealed crucial facts, it shall address the issuing authority of the licence with a substantiated request to check the validity of the licence or to revoke it, also informing the European Commission and other competent authorities thereof. Until receiving the decision taken by the issuing authority of the licence on the validity of this licence the State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall suspend the operation of such licence in the territory of Latvia.

15. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate has received a request from a competent authority of another State regarding checking the validity of the licence issued by the Inspectorate, the Inspectorate shall, within four weeks, take a decision on the validity of such licence and shall notify the competent authority thereof, and also shall inform the European Commission and other competent authorities thereof.

16. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate has received information that another European Union Member State has suspended the validity of the licence in its territory, it shall also suspend the validity of such licence in the territory of Latvia, until the issuing authority of the licence takes a decision on the validity of the licence, if the train driver performs his or her activities in Latvia.

17. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate discovers that the decision of the licence issuing authority of the other European Union Member State prescribed in Paragraphs 14 and 16 of this Regulation does not comply with the conditions referred to in Paragraph 12 of this Regulation, or a person has provided false information or has concealed crucial facts in order to receive the licence, it shall inform the European Commission and suspend the validity of the licence in the territory of Latvia, until the European Commission takes a final decision in this matter.

18. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate suspends the operation of the licence, it shall in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the Administrative Procedure Law inform the holder of the licence and his or her employer, if they perform their activities in the territory of Latvia. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall indicate in the decision all the necessary measures to renew the operation of the licence.

19. Senior inspectors of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall revoke the licence if:

19.1. in accordance with the procedures prescribed by this Regulation new licence has been issued to the same person;

19.2. a person has provided false information or has concealed crucial facts in order to receive the licence;

19.3. a person, by infringing railway technical operation regulations, has caused a significant railway accident;

19.4. a person, by violating railway technical operation regulations, has permitted the prohibited movement of rolling stock through a restrictive trackside signal (signal passed at danger) or has missed a point (place) laid down in the railway traffic regulations, causing a significant railway accident;

19.5. a person has performed the duties of a train driver under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other intoxicating substances.

20. The following persons shall be notified of the decision on revocation of the licence in accordance with Sub-paragraph 19.2, 19.3, 19.4 or 19.5 of this Regulation or in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the Administrative Procedure Law:

20.1. the licence holder;

20.2. the licence holder's employer.

21. A person who has had his or her licence revoked shall, within 10 working days after receipt of the decision on revocation, surrender the licence to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

IV. Licence Renewal

22. The renewal of the licence is the issue of a new licence:

22.1. in place of a lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged licence;

22.2. if the term of validity of the licence has expired;

22.3. if the licence has been revoked;

22.4. if the data indicated in the licence need to be amended.

23. If the licence has been revoked in accordance with Sub-paragraphs 19.2, 19.3, 19.4 or 19.5 of this Regulation, a person may renew the licence no earlier than in a year.

24. In order to renew the licence, the train driver or his or her representative shall submit the relevant licence renewal application to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate in accordance with the requirements referred to in Annex 1 to this Regulation.

25. The certificates referred to in Sub-paragraphs 7.4 and 7.5 of this Regulation need not be attached to the licence renewal application, if the information on their validity is in the train drivers' licence register.

26. If the validity period of the licence has expired, or it has been revoked in accordance with Sub-paragraphs 19.2, 19.3, 19.4 or 19.5 of this Regulation, in order to receive a new licence a person shall take a theoretical examination at the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

27. Upon obtaining a new licence, the holder thereof shall surrender the previous licence to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

V. Procedures for Grading and Assessment of the Theoretical Examination

28. The theoretical examination shall be taken by using a computer. Each candidate shall take the examination independently, without the assistance of another person or reference materials, as well as not disturbing other persons taking the examination.

29. The theoretical examination candidate shall answer the 35 questions of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate on the topics referred to in Chapter II of Annex 2 to this Regulation.

[16 June 2015]

30. The time given for providing answers to the questions of the theoretical examination shall be 70 minutes.

31. The theoretical examination shall be considered as passed, if the candidate has provided not more than five incorrect answers.

32. If the theoretical examination has not been passed, a repeated examination shall be admissible not sooner than in 10 working days.

VI. Issue, Renewal and Validity of a Harmonised Complementary Certificate

33. The relevant licences shall be included in the train driver's harmonised complementary certificate, indicating the following:

33.1. the railway lines, where driving is authorised;

33.2. the rolling stock, which may be driven.

34. A harmonised complementary certificate authorises the driving of the relevant traction vehicle in one or several of these rolling stock:

34.1. categories:

34.1.1. A - shunting locomotives, work trains, track maintenance machinery for maintaining railway infrastructure and other traction vehicle, which are used for performing shunting and maintenance of railway infrastructure (includes all the traction vehicle sub-categories A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5);

34.1.2. B - traction vehicle for the carriage of passengers and freight (includes all the traction vehicle sub-categories B1 and B2);

34.2. subcategories:

34.2.1. A1 - shunting locomotives;

34.2.2. A2 - work trains;

34.2.3. A3 - track maintenance machinery for maintaining railway infrastructure;

34.2.4. A4 - other locomotives, which are used for performing shunting;

34.2.5. A5 - other traction vehicles, which are used for performing shunting and maintenance of railway infrastructure and which are not included in sub-categories A1, A2, A3 or A4;

34.2.6. B1 - traction vehicle for the carriage of passengers;

34.2.7. B2 - traction vehicle for the carriage of freight.

35. A harmonised complementary certificate may authorise the driving of all types of traction vehicle of the A and B categories.

36. A harmonised complementary certificate is only valid in the railway line identified in it and only with the rolling stock identified therein.

37. A harmonised complementary certificate remains the property of the issuer. The train driver has the right to obtain a certified copy of the harmonised complementary certificate, which shall be drawn up in accordance with Article 3 of Regulation No 36/2010.

38. The renewal of a harmonised complementary certificate is:

38.1. the making of an entry in the current certificate, with which the licences referred to in Paragraph 33 of this Regulation are granted, amended, approved or revoked;

38.2. the issuing of a new harmonised complementary certificate to replace a lost, stolen, destroyed, damaged or completed certificate;

38.3. the issuing of a new harmonised complementary certificate, if the data of a train driver indicated in the certificate have changed.

39. A harmonised complementary certificate shall be issued and renewed, if a person:

39.1. possesses a valid licence issued in Latvia;

39.2. possesses a valid licence issued in a European Union Member State, and such person has reached 20 years of age.

40. The employer of a train driver has the right to receive information on the validity of a licence from the train drivers' licence register. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall issue this information to the employer of the train driver in accordance with the procedures specified by the Freedom of Information Law.

41. In order to obtain the licences referred to in Sub-paragraph 33.1 of this Regulation, it shall be necessary for the train driver to have the language skills specified by the railway infrastructure manager in accordance with the criteria specified in Annex 4 to this Regulation regarding the relevant railway line.

42. In order to obtain the licences referred to in Paragraph 33 of this Regulation, an employer shall perform a person's training in conformity with its safety management system, which has been developed in accordance with the laws and regulations regarding the safety certification of railway undertakings.

43. In order to obtain the licences referred to in Paragraph 33 of this Regulation, a train driver shall take the following examinations:

43.1. for obtaining the licence referred to in Sub-paragraph 33.2 of this Regulation - professional knowledge and competence examination regarding rolling stock, to which a harmonised complementary certificate shall be applied, at least to the extent indicated in Annex 3 to this Regulation;

43.2. for obtaining the licences referred to in Sub-paragraph 33.1 of this Regulation:

43.2.1. professional knowledge and competence examination regarding the railway line, to which a harmonised complementary certificate shall be applied, at least to the extent indicated in Annex 4 to this Regulation;

43.2.2 the language proficiency test in the language that the railway infrastructure manager has designated as the language that shall be used for communicating within the railway line, if it is not the native language of the person or if a basic, secondary or higher education has not been acquired in this language, at least to the extent indicated in Paragraphs 10 and 11 of Annex 4 to this Regulation.

[16 June 2015]

44. If a holder of a harmonised complementary certificate has additionally obtained one of the licences referred to in Paragraph 33 of this Regulation, his or her employer shall, without delay, renew the harmonised complementary certificate.

45. In order for the licences included in a harmonised complementary certificate to be valid, the holder thereof shall periodically take the following examinations:

45.1. for validity of the licence referred to in Sub-paragraph 33.2 of this Regulation - not less than once every three years at least to the extent indicated in Annex 3 to this Regulation;

45.2. for validity of the licences referred to in Sub-paragraph 33.1 of this Regulation:

45.2.1. not less than once every three years or after an absence of more than a year from the relevant route, at least to the extent indicated in Annex 4 to this Regulation;

45.2.2. not less than once every three years or after an absence of more than one year from the route, where the referred to language has been designated as the language of communication, to the content indicated in Paragraphs 10 and 11 of Annex 4 to this Regulation for a person, for whom the specified language of communication in a specific railway line of the railway infrastructure manager is not his or her native language or who has not acquired a basic, secondary or higher education in this language.

[16 June 2015]

46. The Latvian language proficiency test need not be passed, if the language proficiency level of a person has been evaluated as not lower than basic level (A) 2, degree (A2) in accordance with the Cabinet Regulation No. 733 of 7 July 2009, Regulation Regarding the Extent of Official Language Knowledge and the Procedures for Testing Proficiency of the Language for the Performance of Professional and Official Duties, Obtaining a Permanent Residency Permit and Obtaining the Status of a European Community Long-term Resident and the State Fee for Testing Proficiency of the Language.

46.1 In preparing the examinations referred to in Paragraphs 43 and 45 of this Regulation, it shall be ensured that examination questions are not available before taking the examination.

[22 May 2012]

46.2 The examiner of the examinations referred to in Paragraphs 43 and 45 of this Regulation shall have sufficient proficiency of the examination language at minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) established by the Council of Europe.

[22 May 2012; 16 June 2015]

46.3 The process of the examinations referred to in Sub-paragraphs 43.1, 43.2.1, 45.1 and 45.2.1 of this Regulation shall be transparent and their duration shall be sufficient in order to examine the scope of knowledge indicated in Annex 3 or 4 to this Regulation. The results of examinations shall be confirmed by documents.

[22 May 2012]

47. Entries shall be made in the harmonised complementary certificate and the harmonised complementary certificate register regarding the passing of the examinations referred to in Paragraph 45 of this Regulation.

48. The examinations referred to in Paragraphs 43 and 45 of this Regulation shall be organised in such a way as to avoid the result of the examination affecting the personal or property interests of the examiner (which may represent the employer of the train driver).

49. The harmonised complementary certificate of a person shall become invalid, if the person has terminated legal employment relationships as a train driver.

50. If a person is not being employed as a train driver, the issuer of the harmonised complementary certificate shall, without delay, inform the State Railway Technical Inspectorate thereof.

51. If a person terminates the legal employment relationships as a train driver, he or she shall receive a certified copy of the harmonised complementary certificate and other documents, certifying evidence of his or her training, qualification and professional competence. Upon issuing a new harmonised complementary certificate to such person, the issuer thereof, by taking into account the person's training, qualification and professional competence as certified in these documents, shall issue the relevant licences referred to in Paragraph 33 of this Regulation, without the need to take the examinations indicated in Paragraph 43 of this Regulation.

VII. Monitoring of the Driving Licences of Train Drivers

52. The right obtained by a train driver to drive a traction vehicle in a railway line shall be certified by a valid licence issued by a European Union Member State and a valid harmonised complementary certificate. The employer of the train driver shall ensure and monitor that the licence and harmonised complementary certificate are valid.

53. The employer of the train driver shall set up a system for monitoring the obtained traction vehicle driving licences. Measures to prevent non-conformity shall be envisaged in this system, if the results of the monitoring show doubts regarding the work competence of the train driver and the further validity of the licence or permits included in the harmonised complementary certificate.

54. If the train driver considers that his or her state of health raises doubts about his or her fitness for the job, he or she shall immediately inform the employer about it.

55. If the employer of the train driver becomes aware of the fact that the state of health of the train driver raises doubts about his or her fitness for the job, the employer shall immediately implement measures to determine the conformity of the health condition of the train driver with the work to be performed, including an extraordinary mandatory medical examination in accordance with laws and regulations regarding the procedures for performing medical examinations, and, if necessary, shall prescribe work restrictions for the train driver in the harmonised complementary certificate or revoke it by updating the relevant data in the harmonised complementary certificate register.

56. The employer of the train driver shall ensure that the train driver, while performing his or her duties, is not under the influence of any intoxicating substance, which is likely to affect his or her concentration, attention or behaviour.

57. The employer of the train driver shall inform the State Railway Technical Inspectorate on cases, when the incapacity for work of the train driver exceeds three months.

58. If the State Railway Technical Inspectorate discovers that the activity of the train driver does not conform to the conditions of his or her harmonised complementary certificate, it shall:

58.1. request the issuer of the harmonised complementary certificate to examine this non-conformity and to eliminate it or to suspend the validity of the harmonised complementary certificate;

58.2. prohibit the train driver from driving a traction vehicle, if this non-conformity threatens railway traffic safety, until the issuer of the harmonised complementary certificate has taken the relevant decision, and has notified the European Commission and the other competent authorities thereof.

59. In the case referred to in Sub-paragraph 58.1 of this Regulation the issuer of the harmonised complementary certificate shall, within four weeks after request of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate, take the relevant decision and notify the State Railway Technical Inspectorate thereof.

VIII. Training of Train Drivers

60. The employer shall provide a continuous training process for those train drivers who are employed in the public-use railway infrastructure under the staff training programmes and safety management system in accordance with laws and regulations regarding safety certification of railway undertakings.

61. Training of the train drivers shall include the following:

61.1. the acquisition of general professional knowledge, which is required for obtaining a traction vehicle driving licence, in accordance with the requirements referred to in Annex 2 to this Regulation;

61.2. the acquisition of specific professional knowledge, which is required for obtaining a harmonised complementary certificate, in accordance with the requirements referred to in Annexes 3 and 4 to this Regulation.

62. The general professional knowledge training for the train drivers shall be performed by vocational educational institutions which operate in accordance with the Vocational Education Law by using the methods referred to in Annex 5 to this Regulation, and which are accredited or registered according to the procedures prescribed by the Education Law.

63. The language training for the train drivers shall be performed by:

63.1. educational institutions which are accredited or registered according to the procedures prescribed by the Education Law;

63.2. teachers whose private practice has been certified according to the procedures prescribed by the Education Law.

64. The specific professional knowledge training for the train drivers regarding rolling stock, which is necessary for obtaining a harmonised complementary certificate, shall be performed by the train driver instructor of the employer or by a professional education institution which operates in accordance with the Vocational Education Law by using the methods referred to in Annex 5 to this Regulation, and which is accredited or registered according to the procedures prescribed by the Education Law.

65. The specific professional knowledge training for the train drivers regarding the railway line, which is necessary for obtaining a harmonised complementary certificate by using the methods referred to in Annex 5 to this Regulation, may be performed by:

65.1. the train driver instructor of the employer;

65.2. an authorised representative of the public railway infrastructure manager regarding the railway line of the public-use infrastructure, if the employer of the train driver performs shunting work within the boundaries of one railway station.

66. Upon the completion of training course the train driver shall take a theoretical and practical knowledge examination. The traction vehicle driving ability shall be assessed by the persons referred to in Paragraph 65 of this Regulation by performing driving tests in the railway network. Simulators may be used for examining the observance of operational rules and the train driver's performance in particularly difficult situations.

66.1 In order to perform the special professional knowledge training for the train drivers, the persons referred to in Paragraph 65 of this Regulation shall have a traction vehicle's driving licence, which allows to drive such rolling stock that is used for examination of practical knowledge (or similar rolling stock) in a railway line section where examination of the skills of driving a traction vehicle takes place (or in similar railway line). If such persons do not have the relevant driving licence, examination shall be held also with the participation of such train driver who has the particular traction vehicle's driving licence.

[22 May 2012]

66.2 A train driver-instructor of a merchant, which ensures railway traffic between stations, as well as a railway undertaking and public-use railway infrastructure manager may not examine the skills of driving a traction vehicle for the person whom he or she provided with professional knowledge training of the train drivers.

[22 May 2012]

66.3 Training of a train driver and examination of the skills of driving a traction vehicle used only in the private-use railway infrastructure shall be performed by a person appointed by the employer of the train driver according to the safety management system established in accordance with laws and regulations regarding safety certification of railway undertakings.

[22 May 2012]

IX. Maintenance of the Harmonised Complementary Certificate Register

67. The harmonised complementary certificate register shall be maintained in accordance with Annex 6 to this Regulation.

68. The State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall co-operate with the European Railway Agency to ensure interoperability of the train drivers' licence register and the harmonised complementary certificate register.

69. Any changes to data shall be registered in the harmonised complementary certificate register.

70. Information on the personal data of the train drivers included in the harmonised complementary certificate register shall be of restricted access. The referred to information may be obtained by:

70.1. the State Railway Technical Inspectorate;

70.2. a competent authority of a European Union Member State in whose territory the train driver is authorised to drive traction vehicle;

70.3. an institution which is investigating a railway traffic accident in which the relevant train driver is involved.

71. The employer of the train driver shall ensure that the harmonised complementary certificate information is immediately submitted to the authorities referred to in Paragraph 70 of this Regulation by ensuring safe forwarding of the information and protection of personal data. The referred to information may be provided:

71.1. in writing;

71.2. by using direct electronic data media;

71.3. by using online data transmission.

72. If the train driver is allowed to drive a traction vehicle in the territory of another Member State of the European Union, the holder of the harmonised complementary certificate register shall ensure information exchange with the competent authority of such Member State, which maintains the train drivers' licence register.

73. The harmonised complementary certificate register data regarding a relevant train driver shall be stored for at least 10 years after the validity of a harmonised complementary certificate has expired.

74. If the employer of the train driver terminates activity, the merchant which takes over the provision of its services shall be responsible for all the data of the harmonised complementary certificate register. If the provision of services is not taken over, the data of the harmonised complementary certificate register shall be stored by the State Railway Technical Inspectorate.

X. Ensuring Legality

75. The decision of an official of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate on the issuance, renewal, suspension and revocation of the licence may be contested by submitting the relevant submission to the Director of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate. The decision of the director of the State Railway Technical Inspectorate may be appealed to before a court in accordance with the procedures set out in the Administrative Procedure Law.

76. The employer of the train driver shall prescribe the procedures to be followed, so that in accordance with this Regulation and in compliance with the safety management system the employer can issue, renew and revoke harmonised complementary certificates. These procedures shall prescribe the frequency of examinations and examination procedures, the conditions for passed examinations, as well as the examiners.

77. The employer of the train driver shall prescribe the procedures in the undertaking for contesting decisions, which shall allow the train driver to request a review of the decision, with which a harmonised complementary certificate is issued, renewed or revoked. If the train driver and his or her employer cannot agree on the conditions for the issue, renewal or revocation of the harmonised complementary certificate, they may apply to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate to evaluate the legality of the decision.

78. The employer shall ensure in the undertaking independent assessment of the procedures for the issue of a harmonised complementary certificate and for the assessment of the competence and knowledge of the train drivers at least once every five years. The results of such an assessment shall be documented and the State Railway Technical Inspectorate shall be notified thereof.

79. The independent assessment referred to in Paragraph 78 of this Regulation shall not be performed, if the procedures for the issue of the harmonised complementary certificate and for the assessment of the competence and knowledge of the train drivers are a part of the safety management system, which the employers of the train drivers have established in accordance with laws and regulations regarding the safety certification and safety approval.

80. The person whose data are included in the train drivers' register or a harmonised complementary certificate register is entitled to access such register data, which apply to him or her, as well as to receive copies of this data on request.

X1. Obtaining a Traction Vehicle Driving Licence for Persons who have the Competence Certificate of a Train Driver

[22 May 2012]

80.1 A person who has a valid competence certificate of a train driver is entitled to drive the relevant traction vehicle:

80.1 1. when a train driver's instructor has issued a statement and has made an entry in the train driver's form (Annex 7), in which the railway line sections to be used and the rolling stock allowed to drive are indicated;

80.1 2. in the private-use railway infrastructure upon a written order of the railway infrastructure manager.

80.2 If the employer of the train driver performs shunting operations only within the boundaries of one railway station, the statement indicated in Sub-paragraph 80.1 1. of this Regulation may be provided and entries in the train driver's form may be made by the responsible official who is familiar with the railway traffic organisation in this station and who has been authorised by the public-use railway infrastructure manager.

80.3 The persons referred to in Sub-paragraph 80.1 1 and Paragraph 80.2 of this Regulation shall examine the practical skills of a train driver not less than once in three years and shall make an entry thereon in the train driver's form. Practical skills of a train driver in the particular railway line shall be examined if he or she has not operated in this line for more than a year.

80.4 The employer shall issue the train driver's form to the train driver and, if sections of the form have been completely filled in, shall replace it with a new form.

80.5 The employer of the train driver shall establish a system for the supervision of traction vehicle driving licences obtained in accordance with the procedures specified in Sub-paragraph 80.1 1. of this Regulation. The system shall provide procedures for making and checking the entries in train driver's form, the procedures for keeping the forms, as well as the time periods for the examination of the practical skills of a train driver.

80.6 The train driver's form shall be kept:

80.6 1 with the train driver when he or she fulfils official duties;

80.6 2.. in the remaining time - in the place specified by the employer.

80.7 The train driver's form shall be presented upon a request of the officials authorised to control the work of a train driver.

80.8 The train driver's form shall be kept for at least two years after the expiration of validity thereof.

80.9 The public-use railway infrastructure manager or railway undertaking, when hiring a person in the position of a train driver, shall evaluate the psycho-physiological professional suitability of an applicant, if the applicant cannot provide a valid proof on his psycho-physiological suitability for work.

XI. Closing Provisions

[22 May 2012]

81. Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80 of this Regulation shall come into force on 1 November 2011.

82. Paragraphs 80.1, 80.2, 80.3, 80.4, 80.5, 80.6, 80.7, 80.8 and 80.9 of this Regulation shall cease to be in force on 1 November 2017.

[22 May 2012]

83. A person holding a valid train driver's certificate of competence which has been obtained by 31 December 2015 is not obliged to pass the theoretical examination repeatedly in compliance with topics of general professional knowledge specified in Annex 2 to this Regulation.

[16 June 2015]

Informative Reference to the European Union Directives

[16 June 2015; 23 August 2016]

This Regulation contains legal norms arising from:

1) Directive 2007/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the certification of train drivers operating locomotives and trains on the railway system in the Community;

2) Commission Directive 2014/82/EU of 24 June 2014 amending Directive 2007/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards general professional knowledge and medical and licence requirements;

3) Commission Directive (EU) 2016/882/EU of 1 June 2016 amending Directive 2007/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards language requirements.

Prime Minister V. Dombrovskis

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 1
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Sample of train driving licence application form and procedures for its completion

1. Application Form for the Obtaining of the Train Driver's Licence

1.1. Contact Details of the Train Driver's Licence Issuing Authority

1.1.1. Train driver's
licence issuing authority
 
 
2.1.1. Address (street, house and apartment number, post
code, town, country)
 
   

1.2. Licence and Applicant's Details

1.2.1. Application for the Train Driver's Licence (tick the appropriate box)
   
1.2.2. first issue     1.2.3. amending    
 
1.2.4. renewal     1.2.5. duplicate    
 
1.2.6. European identification number of the licence
(EIN) EIN not required for first issue
 
 
1.2.7. Date of issue of the licence to be renewed
(amended, duplicated)
 
 
1.2.8. Application Details 1.2.9. Submitted by applicant    
 
  1.2.10. Submitted by a merchant on applicant's behalf    
   
1.2.11. Details of the merchant submitting the form on behalf of the applicant
 
1.2.12. Status of the merchant
 
1.2.13. Postal address telephone number/e-mail address  
 
1.2.14. Information on the Applicant  
 
1.2.15. Surname  
 
1.2.16. Name  
   
1.2.17. Sex Male   Female    
   
1.2.18. Date of birth y y y y - m m - d d
   
1.2.19. Place of birth
(distinguishing sign of the country/town)
 
 
Nationality  
Native language
 
1.2.20. Reference number assigned to the employee by the employer (optional)
1.2.21. Postal address where the licence should be sent
1.2.22. Permanent address of the applicant:
Street/number
1.2.23.
Photograph
Post code
Town/country
Telephone
E-mail
1.2.24. Personal identity number of the applicant
1.2.25. The language in which the applicant acquired his or her basic, secondary or higher education. Indicate if it differs from the native language
1.2.26. Information, which must be obtained, based on the national legislation
1.2.27. Being aware of the consequences for submitting false information, I hereby declare that all the information that I have provided in this application and in the attached documents is true. I understand that my application may be rejected or my licence revoked, if it is subsequently found that I have provided false information or withheld crucial facts.

I agree that the State Railway Technical Inspectorate can process my personal data, which are necessary for issuing train driver's licence, and register such data in the train drivers' licence register, in order to ensure maintenance of the register, by complying with the requirements of the laws and regulations which regulate the protection of the dataof natural persons.

1.2.28. Date
1.2.29. Signature
1.2.30. Internal reference number (optional) SPACE RESERVED FOR THE ADDRESSED AUTHORITY APPLIED TO
1.2.31. Date the application was received

2. Documents to Be Attached to the Completed Application Form

Application date
2.1. For Obtaining the Licence  
2.1.1. Certificate of general education  
2.1.2. Certificate of physical fitness  
2.1.3. Certificate of occupational psycho-physiological fitness  
2.1.4. Certificate of general professional competence  
2.1.5. Copy of passport/national identity card proving identity  
2.1.6. Photograph  
2.2. For Amending the Licence  
 
2.2.1. The licence to be amended/current licence  
2.2.2. Certificate of physical fitness  
2.2.3. Certificate of occupational psycho-physiological fitness  
2.2.4. Justification for amending the data of the licence  
 
2.3. For the Renewal of the Licence  
 
2.3.1. Invalid licence, if it has not been surrendered to the State Railway Technical Inspectorate  
2.3.2. Certificate of physical fitness  
2.3.3. Certificate of occupational psycho-physiological fitness  
2.3.4. Photograph, if the licence has expired  
 
2.4. For the Issue of a Duplicate  
 
2.4.1. Declaration of the reason why a licence duplicate is required (destroyed/stolen/reported lost)  
2.4.2. Licence if a duplicate is requested due to damage to the licence
        Place for the seal of the receiving authority
Internal reference number   Date of completing the application  
       
       
   

3. Instructions for completing the application form:

3.1. tick Sub-section 1.2.2, if the application is being submitted in order to obtain a train driver's licence. In this case submit a photograph and the documents referred to in Sub-paragraph 2.1 of this Annex;

3.2. tick Sub-paragraph 1.2.3, if the application is being submitted in order to amend the data entered in the train driver's licence, and complete the next box, indicating the reason for amending the licence data;

3.3 tick Sub-paragraph 1.2.4, if the application is being submitted in order to renew a licence after its revocation or expiry. If the licence is being renewed after the licence expiry date, submit a new photograph;

3.4. tick Sub-paragraph 1.2.5, if the application is being submitted in order to obtain a licence duplicate, and complete the next box, indicating the reason (lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged);

3.5. if the application is being submitted in order to amend, renew a licence or obtain a duplicate, indicate the European Identification Number (EIN Number) in Sub-paragraph 1.2.6. If the application is being submitted in order to obtain a licence, this Sub-paragraph need not be completed;

3.6. if the application is being submitted in order to amend, renew a licence or obtain a duplicate, indicate the date of issue of the licence to be renewed, amended or duplicated in Sub-paragraph 1.2.7. If the application is being submitted in order to obtain a licence, this Sub-paragraph need not be completed;

3.7. tick Sub-paragraph 1.2.9, if the application is being submitted by the applicant, and Sub-paragraph 1.2.10, if the application is being submitted by his or her representative. This information may be used in order to communicate with the train driver, whose contact information is no longer valid;

3.8. if the application is being submitted by the representative of the applicant, indicate the following in Sub-paragraph 1.2.12 - the status of the representative of the applicant (employer/service contracting entity/other) and in Sub-paragraph 1.2.13 - the address of the representative of the applicant (street, house and apartment number, post code, city, country);

3.9. from Sub-paragraph 1.2.15 to 1.2.25 indicate information on the applicant (completing Sub-paragraphs 1.2.20 and 1.2.21 is optional);

3.9.1. indicate the surname and given name (Sub-paragraphs 1.2.15 and 1.2.16) exactly as they appear in the applicant's passport or personal identity card, which proves identity;

3.9.2. indicate the place of birth (Sub-paragraph 1.2.19) in the following manner: the distinguishing sign of the country (the two letter symbol specified in Section 3 of Annex I to Regulation No 36/2010), place (town or village);

3.9.3. indicate the address, to which the licence is to be sent (Sub-paragraph 1.2.21), if it differs from the addresses referred to in Sub-paragraph 1.2.13 or 1.2.22. The address shall be indicated in the following sequence - street, house and apartment number, post code, town, country. This information allows to reach the applicant or his representative faster, in order to adjust the submitted documents or information;

3.9.4. attach a photograph of the applicant in the field of Sub-paragraph 1.2.23, if possible, in a digital format (preferred formats: jpeg, bmp or tiff), which allows good definition of the small size. The photograph shall comply with the following requirements:

3.9.4.1. the photograph shall include a full frontal view of the face with open eyes;

3.9.4.2. the photograph shall present full head from the top of hair to the shoulders;

3.9.4.3. the photograph shall be taken against a plain white or off-white background;

3.9.4.4. shadows on the face and background should be avoided;

3.9.4.5. the face in the photograph shall have a natural expression (with the mouth closed);

3.9.4.6 sunglasses with coloured lenses or glasses with a thick frame shall not be worn, no light shall be reflected on the lenses;

3.9.4.7. the person shall not wear a hat, except for the case where it is intended by regulatory enactments;

3.9.4.8. the contrast and lighting in the photograph shall be normal;

3.9.5. the personal identity number of the applicant shall be indicated in Sub-paragraph 1.2.24;

3.9.6. in Sub-paragraph 1.2.25 the language shall be indicated, in which the applicant acquired his or her basic, secondary or higher education, if it differs from the native language;

3.10. the date when the application was signed shall be indicated. in Sub-paragraph 1.2.28.

4. The requirements prescribed for the documents to be attached to the application form:

4.1. the education requirements are prescribed in Sub-paragraph 7.3 of Cabinet Regulation No. 873 of 14 September 2010, Regulations Regarding Obtaining of a Traction Vehicle Driver's (Train Driver's) Qualification and Licence to Drive a Traction Vehicle;

4.2. the physical fitness requirements are prescribed in Cabinet Regulation No. 219 of 10 March 2009, Procedures for Performance of Mandatory Health Examinations;

4.3. the psycho-physiological fitness certification requirements are prescribed in Paragraph 8 of Cabinet Regulation No. 873 of 14 September 2010, Regulations Regarding Obtaining of a Traction Vehicle Driver's (Train Driver's) Qualification and Licence to Drive a Traction Vehicle.

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 2
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Requirements and General Professional Knowledge Necessary for Obtaining the Train Driver's Licence

[16 June 2015]

I. General Requirements

1. The goal of acquiring the general professional knowledge is to develop general competence in all aspects essential in the profession of a train driver. The acquisition of the general professional knowledge is focused on the acquisition of such basic knowledge and basic principles which are applicable regardless of the type or characterisation of the type of rolling stock or railway infrastructure. This can be arranged without practical training.

2. The general competence does not cover knowledge on safety and operational requirements of specific types of the rolling stock and methods within a specific railway infrastructure. The acquisition of the general professional knowledge, upon developing competences regarding a specific type of the rolling stock or railway infrastructure, applies to the train driver's certificate and is specified in Annexes 3 and 4 to this Regulation.

3. The acquisition of the general professional knowledge covers the topics specified in Chapter II of this Annex (the topics have not been arranged according to their importance).

4. The verbs used in Chapter II of this Annex indicate the nature of the competence expected to be achieved by the trainee. The meaning thereof is as follows:

No. Nature of the competence Description
4.1. To know, to be able to describe Describes the acquisition of knowledge (data, facts) that is needed to understand relationships
4.2. To understand, to be able to identify Describes the identification and memorisation of context, task performance and problem solving in a defined framework

II. Topics of the General Professional Knowledge

5. Work, work environment of a train driver, task and duties of a train driver in the process of rail operation, professional and personal demands forming part of the duties of a train driver:

5.1. to know the provisions laid down in applicable laws and regulations in the field of rail operation and safety (requirements and procedures regarding the certification of train drivers, dangerous goods, environmental protection, fire protection, etc.);

5.2. to understand the specific requirements and professional and personal demands (working mainly alone, shift work over 24 hour cycle, individual protection and security, reading and updating documents, etc.);

5.3. to understand behaviours which are compatible with safety-critical responsibilities and how the behaviour is impacted by medication, alcohol, drugs and other psychoactive substances, illness, stress, fatigue, etc.;

5.4. to identify the reference and operating documents (for example, rule book, route book, manual of a train driver);

5.5. to identify the responsibilities and functions of the persons involved;

5.6. to understand the importance of and to be able to comply with labour protection requirements and accuracy upon fulfilling professional duties and in working methods;

5.7. to understand occupational diseases and safety matters, ergonomic principles, staff safety rules, basic principles for the selection and use of personal means of protection and also to comply with labour protection instructions (safe working methods, safe behaviour on tracks and in the vicinity thereof and safe use of trains, etc.);

5.8. to know behavioural skills and principles (stress management, extreme situations, etc.);

5.9. to know the principles of environmental protection (sustainable driving, etc.).

6. Railway technologies, including safety principles underlying the operational regulations:

6.1. to know the principles, regulations and provisions regarding safety in rail operation;

6.2. to identify the responsibilities and functions of the persons involved.

7. Basic principles of railway infrastructure:

7.1. to know the systematic and structural principles and parameters;

7.2. to know the general characteristics of tracks, stations, marshalling yards;

7.3. to know railway structures (for example, bridges, tunnels, points, etc.);

7.4. to know operating modes (single track and double track operation, etc.);

7.5. to know signalling and train control systems;

7.6. to know safety installations (hot-axle box detectors, smoke detectors in tunnels, etc.);

7.7. to know traction power supply (catenary, third rail, etc.).

8. Basic principles of operational communication:

8.1. to know the significance of communication and the means and procedures for communicating;

8.2. to identify persons the driver needs to contact and their role and responsibility (staff of the infrastructure manager, working duties of other train staff, etc.);

8.3. to identify situations/causes that require communication to be initiated;

8.4. to understand communication methods.

9. Trains, their composition and the technical requirements for traction units, wagons, coaches and other rolling stock:

9.1. to know the generic types of traction (electric, diesel, steam, etc.);

9.2. to describe the layout of a vehicle (bogies, bodies, driving cab, protection systems, etc.);

9.3. to know the content and systems of labelling;

9.4. to know the documentation on train composition;

9.5. to understand braking systems and performance calculation;

9.6. to identify train speed;

9.7. to identify maximum load and forces at the coupler;

9.8. to know the operation and purpose of the train management system.

10. Hazards involved in railway operations in general:

10.1. to understand the principles governing traffic safety;

10.2. to know the risks related to railway operation and the various means to be used to mitigate them;

10.3. to know safety-relevant incidents and understand the required behaviour/reaction;

10.4. to know the procedures applicable to accidents involving persons (for example, evacuation).

11. Basic principles of physics:

11.1. to understand forces at the wheel;

11.2. to identify factors influencing accelerating and braking performance (weather conditions, braking equipment, reduced adhesion, sanding, etc.);

11.3. to understand principles of electricity (circuits, measuring voltage, etc.).

 

Annex 3
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

The Professional Knowledge of Rolling Stock Necessary for Obtaining a Harmonised Complementary Certificate

I. Tests and Checks Prior to Departure

1. The train driver shall be able to:

1.1. collect the necessary documentation and equipment;

1.2. check the capacities of the traction vehicle;

1.3. check the conformity of the capacities of the traction vehicle with the information entered in the documents;

1.4. ensure, by performing the checks and tests specified, that the safety equipment of the traction vehicle is functioning;

1.5. check the availability and functionality of the protection and safety equipment at the start of a trip or at the handover of the traction vehicle;

1.6. perform any routine preventive technical maintenance of the traction vehicle.

II. Knowledge of Rolling Stock

2. To operate a traction vehicle, the train driver shall be familiar with all the controls and indicators of the traction vehicle at his or her disposal, in particular those concerning:

2.1. traction;

2.2. braking;

2.3. railway traffic safety.

3. In order to detect and locate failures in the rolling stock, report them and determine what is required to repair them, and in certain cases to repair them, the train driver shall be familiar with:

3.1. mechanical structures;

3.2. coupling equipment;

3.3. running gear;

3.4. safety equipment;

3.5. fuel tanks, fuel supply system, exhaust equipment;

3.6. the meaning of markings on the inside and exterior of the rolling stock, in particular the meaning of symbols which are used for the transportation of dangerous goods;

3.7. trip registration systems;

3.8. electrical and pneumatic systems;

3.9. collection of current and high-voltage systems;

3.10. communication equipment (for example, train and shunting radio contacts);

3.11. information systems;

3.12. the constituent parts, their purpose, and the devices specific to the wagons, in particular the system of stopping the train, by using the emergency brake valve;

3.13. braking system;

3.14. the parts specific to the traction vehicle;

3.15. traction chain, motors and transmission.

III. Testing the Braking System

4. The train driver shall be able to:

4.1. check and calculate, prior to departure, if the train's brakes correspond to the braking capacity, which in accordance with the rolling stock documentation is required in the railway line;

4.2. if appropriate, prior to departure, at start-up and during running, check the functioning of the various components of the braking system of the traction unit and of the rolling stock.

IV. Operating Mode of a Train, Shunting Train and Traction Vehicle and the Maximum Driving Speed

5. The train driver shall be able to:

5.1. take notice of information given to him or her before departure;

5.2. determine the type of running and maximum speed of the train, shunting train or traction vehicle, taking into account such variables as speed limits, weather conditions or signalling .

V. Driving a Train, Shunting Train and a Traction Vehicle in a Way Which Does not Damage Railway Infrastructure Installations or Rolling Stock

6. The train driver shall be able to:

6.1. use all available driving and control systems in accordance with the applicable regulations;

6.2. start the train taking into account adhesion or power limitations;

6.3. apply the brakes for deceleration and stopping the train, shunting the train or traction vehicle, taking into account the state of the rolling stock and railway infrastructure installations.

VI. Failures

7. The train driver shall:

7.1. be able to notice unusual occurrences concerning the operation of the train, shunting train and traction vehicle;

7.2. be able to inspect the train, shunting train and traction vehicle and identify signs of failures, distinguish between them, and perform measures according to the importance of these signs, giving priority to the safety of railway traffic and persons;

7.3. know the available means of protection, safety and communication.

VII. Operating Incidents, Fires and Accidents

8. The train driver shall:

8.1. be able to take steps to protect the train, shunting train or traction vehicle and summon assistance, if in the event of an accident persons on board the rolling stock have suffered;

8.2. be able to determine whether the train is transporting dangerous goods, as well as identify their location on the basis of the train documentation;

8.3. know the procedures relating to the evacuation from a train, shunting train and traction vehicle.

VIII. Continuing Running After an Incident Involving Rolling Stock

9. After an incident, the train driver shall be able to assess whether the rolling stock can continue to run and under what conditions this may be done. He or she shall immediately inform the railway infrastructure manager thereof.

10. The train driver shall be able to determine if an expert opinion is necessary regarding the rolling stock before continuing the trip.

IX. Immobilisation of the Train, Shunting Train and Traction Vehicle

11. The train driver shall be able to take measures to ensure that the train, shunting train, traction vehicle or parts of the train (shunting train) do not start up or move unexpectedly even in the most difficult conditions.

12. The train driver shall know, how to stop the train, shunting train, traction vehicle or parts of the train (shunting train), if they have started up or have started to move unexpectedly.

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 4
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Professional Knowledge of Railway Infrastructure Necessary for Obtaining a Harmonised Complementary Certificate

[16June 2015; 23 August 2016]

I. Testing the Brakes

1. The train driver shall be able to check and calculate, before departure, whether the braking power of the train, shunting train or traction vehicle corresponds to the braking power required for the railway line in accordance with the train, shunting train or traction vehicle documentation.

II. Type of Operation and the Maximum Driving Speed of a Train, Shunting Train and Traction Vehicle

2. The train driver shall be able to:

2.1. be able to take note of information received, such as speed limits or signalling changes;

2.2. be able to determine the type of running and the speed limit on the basis of the characteristics of the railway line for the train, shunting train or traction vehicle.

III. Knowledge of the Railway Line

3. The train driver shall be able to anticipate possible problems and react appropriately in terms of the railway traffic safety and other performances, such as punctuality and economic aspects. He or she shall have a thorough knowledge of railway lines and railway equipment on his or her route.

4. The train driver shall know all the essential elements of the railway line:

4.1. operational conditions (for example, changes of track, one-way running);

4.2. route control and compliance with the relevant documents;

4.3. identification of tracks that can be used for a given type of running;

4.4. the applicable railway traffic regulations and the meaning of the signalling system readings;

4.5. the operations regime;

4.6. interlocking system and the associated regulations;

4.7. names and locations of stations (stops), and evaluation of distances between signal equipment and stations (stops), in order to adapt the type of driving accordingly;

4.8. transition signalling between different operating or power supply systems;

4.9. speed limits for the different train, traction vehicle and shunting train categories;

4.10. rail track profiles;

4.11. particular braking conditions, for example; in railway lines with a steep slope or a downward gradient;

4.12. operating peculiarities, for example, special signals, signs, departure conditions.

IV. Safety Regulations

5. The train driver shall be able to:

5.1. start movement of the traction vehicle only when all prescribed conditions are fulfilled (for example, timetable, train movement authorisation or signal);

5.2. observe track-side and in-cab signals, comprehend them immediately and act infallibly in accordance with their indications or instructions;

5.3. ensure safe driving of the train, shunting train or traction vehicle at specific modes of operation (for example, special modes, which are prescribed in instructions, temporary speed restriction, movement along the wrong track, passing signal at danger, switching operations, running through sites, where, for example rails are being repaired or through construction sites);

5.4. respect scheduled or supplementary stops, and, if necessary, perform supplementary operations for passengers during these stops, notably opening and closing the doors.

V. Driving the Train, Shunting Train and Traction Vehicle

6. The train driver shall be able to:

6.1. at all times know the position of the train, shunting train or traction vehicle in the railway line;

6.2. by taking into account the state of the rolling stock and railway infrastructure, apply the brakes of the train, shunting train or traction vehicle for decelerations and stops;

6.3. adjust the running of the train in accordance with the timetable and energy saving instructions by taking into account the characteristics of the traction unit, the train, the railway line and environmental conditions.

VI. Failures

7. The train driver shall be able to:

7.1. notice (insofar as train, shunting train or traction vehicle operation permits) unusual occurrences of the railway infrastructure or the environment in relation to signals, tracks, energy supply, level crossings and crossings, as well as other railway traffic;

7.2. know particular distances (dimensions), in order to clear obstacles;

7.3. inform immediately the railway infrastructure manager of the place and nature of the failures observed, making sure that the information has been understood correctly;

7.4. by taking into account the state of the railway infrastructure, ensure the safety of railway traffic and persons if necessary.

VII. Operating Incidents, Fires and Accidents

8. The train driver shall be able to:

8.1. take steps to protect the train, shunting train or traction vehicle and summon assistance, if in the event of an accident persons on board the train have suffered;

8.2. determine a suitable place for stopping the train, shunting train or traction vehicle in the event of a fire, and if necessary ensure the evacuation of persons from the rolling stock;

8.3. provide useful information regarding the fire as soon as possible, if the locomotive crew cannot bring it under control;

8.4. inform the railway infrastructure manager as soon as possible about the incidents referred to in Sub-paragraphs 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3 of this Annex;

8.5. assess whether the rolling stock can continue to run, using the specific railway infrastructure, and under which conditions this may be done.

VIII. Language Proficiency Test

9. The train driver, who has to communicate with the infrastructure manager on critical safety issues, shall be proficient in at least one of the languages indicated by the railway infrastructure manager concerned.

10. Language proficiency of the train driver shall be at a level in which he or she can communicate actively and effectively in routine and also degraded and emergency situations. The train driver shall be able to use the messages and communication method specified in the Commission Decision 2012/757/EU of 14 November 2012 concerning the technical specification for interoperability relating to the 'operation and traffic management' subsystem of the rail system in the European Union and amending Decision 2007/756/EC.

11. The train driver shall be able to understand (both listening and reading) and to communicate (both speaking and writing) according to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) established by the Council of Europe.

12. As regards the railway infrastructure section between the State border with another European Union Member State (hereinafter - the border state) and the station which is located at the aforementioned border and is intended for cross-border service provision, the railway infrastructure manager may exempt the train driver of the border state railway undertaking from the obligation to comply with the requirements specified in Paragraph 11 of this Annex by applying the following procedure:

12.1 the border state railway undertaking submits to the railway infrastructure manager a request to exempt the train driver of the respective railway undertaking from the obligation to comply with the requirements specified in Paragraph 11 of this Annex;

12.2. in order to ensure fair and equal treatment of the applicants, the railway infrastructure manager shall apply the same evaluation procedure, which is part of the content contained in the report on public use railway infrastructure network, in respect of all submitted requests on exemption from the obligation to comply with the requirements specified in Paragraph 11 of this Annex;

12.3. the railway infrastructure manager shall issue the exemption from the obligation to comply with the requirements specified in Paragraph 11 of this Annex if the border state railway undertaking can prove that the latter has taken adequate measures to ensure communication between its train driver and the employee of the railway infrastructure manager in routine and also adverse and emergency situations in compliance with the provisions laid down in Paragraphs 9 and 10 of this Annex;

12.4. the border state railway undertaking and the railway infrastructure manager shall ensure that the relevant staff is informed on conditions and procedures by which exemption from the obligation to comply with the requirements specified in Paragraph 11 of this Annex is issued and also their proper training within the scope of their safety management system.

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 5
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Methods for the Train Drivers' Training

1. There is a good balance between the theoretical (classroom and demonstrations) and the practical training (on-the-job experience, driving a traction vehicle under the supervision of the train driver's instructor).

2. Computer-aided training is accepted for individual training of the operational rules, signalling types in different situations and other similar instances.

3. Simulators may be used to train the train drivers for work in emergency conditions, or for gaining knowledge of such regulations which are infrequently applied. Simulators provide learning-by-doing opportunity for events that cannot be trained in real work situations.

4. In order to acquire route knowledge, the trainee shall be accompanied by the train driver instructor on a number of journeys in daylight as well as at night. Videos of the routes as seen from the train driver's cab may be used as an alternative training method.

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 6
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Size and Parameters of the Basic Data Sections of the Train Drivers' Harmonised Complementary Certificate Register (CCR)

I. Data to be Aggregated

1. The train drivers' harmonised complementary certificate register (CCR) shall be comprised of the following four data sections:

1.1. the first data section shall contain information regarding the current status of the train driver's licence;

1.2. the second data section shall contain information regarding the issued harmonised complementary certificate;

1.3. the third data section shall contain historical information regarding the harmonised complementary certificate;

1.4.the fourth data section shall contain information on essential requirements and initial examinations, which are necessary for the issue of a harmonised complementary certificate, as well as on further examinations, which are carried out to maintain the validity of a certificate.

2. The data to be aggregated in the train drivers' harmonised complementary register (CCR) are specified to in Section II of this Annex.

3. Information, which relates to the train driver's current knowledge of rolling stock, knowledge of the railway infrastructure and language knowledge, which have been assessed in accordance with Paragraph 43 or 45 of Cabinet Regulation No. 873 of 14 December 2010, Regulation Regarding Obtaining the Train driver's Qualification and Licence to Drive a Traction Vehicle, (hereinafter - the Regulation) shall be included in the second data section. The next planned examination date shall be indicated in this section. The relevant information shall be renewed after the next examination date, but the previous information shall be transferred to the fourth data section, which contains historical information.

II. Data Format

4. The arrangement of the data format tables for the train drivers' harmonised complementary certificate register (CCR) is as follows:

No. Data to be Reflected
  Contents Format Status of the Request

5. Data sections for the train drivers' harmonised complementary certificate register (CCR):

5.1. first data section. Reference to the train driver's licence

1. Certificate number
1.1. Licence number, which allows access to the data of the register of train drivers EIN (12 figures) Mandatory
2. Current Status of the Licence
2.1. Certification of the current status of the licence

- Valid

- Suspended

- Revoked

Text Optional

5.2. second data section. Information on the valid harmonised complementary certificate

3. Surname(s) of the Holder (who is also the Licence Holder)
3.1. Surname(s), which is (are) shown in the passport, or the person's licence Text Mandatory
4. Name(s) of the Holder (who is also the Licence Holder)
4.1. Name(s), which is (are) shown in the passport, or the person's licence Text Mandatory
5. Date of Birth of the Holder
5.1. Date of Birth of the Holder DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
6. Place of Birth of the Holder
6.1. Place of Birth of the Holder Text Mandatory
7. Date of Issue of the Certificate
7.1. Date of issue (last renewal) of the certificate DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
8. Validity Period of the Certificate
8.1. Planned official certificate validity term, which is specified by the employer of the train driver in accordance with Paragraph 76 of this Regulation DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
9. Name of the Issuer
9.1. Name of the employer of the holder Text Mandatory
10. The Employee Number Given by the Employer to the Holder
10.1. The number of the train driver in the undertaking Text Optional
11. Photograph of the Holder
11.1. Photograph Original or electronically scanned copy Mandatory
12. Signature of the Holder
12.1. Signature Original/copy/electronically scanned Mandatory
13. Address of the Permanent Place of Residence of the Holder
13.1. Address of the holder Street, house and apartment number Text Optional
13.2. Town Text Optional
13.3. Country Text Optional
13.4. Post code Letter and digit code Optional
13.5. Telephone number Text Optional
13.6. E-mail address Text Optional
14. The Address of the Railway Infrastructure Manager, Railway Undertaking or Person, Which is Involved in the Commercial Activity Referred to in Section 3, Paragraph five of the Railway Law, Whose Traction Vehicle a Holder is Licensed to Drive
14.1. Address Street, house and apartment number Text Mandatory
14.2. Town Text Mandatory
14.3. Country Text Mandatory
14.4. Post code Letter and digit code Mandatory
14.5. Contact person Text Optional
14.6. Telephone number Text Mandatory
14.7. Fax number Text Mandatory
14.8. E-mail address Text Mandatory
15. The Category of the Traction Vehicle, Which the Holder is Licensed to Drive
15.1. Corresponding code(s) Text Mandatory
16. Types of Rolling Stock, Which the Holder is Licensed to Drive
16.1. (compendium) Text Mandatory
16.2. In relation to each type of rolling stock indicate the date scheduled for the next examination DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
17. Railway Infrastructure Sections, Within the Limits of which the Holder is Licensed to Drive
17.1. (compendium) Text Mandatory
17.2. In relation to each railway line indicate the date scheduled for the next examination DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
18. Knowledge of Languages
18.1. (compendium) Text Mandatory
18.2. In relation to each language indicate the date scheduled for the next examination DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
19. Additional Information
19.1. (compendium) Text Mandatory
20. Additional Restrictions
20.1. (compendium) Text Mandatory

5.3. third data section. Historical entries regarding the status of a harmonised complementary certificate

21. Initial Date of Issue
21.1. Date, when the certificate was first issued DD-MM-YYYY Optional
22. Update(s) (several entries are possible)
22.1. Updating date DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
22.2. Information on the update and reason for it (one or more updates of facts referred to in a harmonised complementary certificate) Text Mandatory
23. Amendment(s) (several entries are possible)
23.1. Date of the amendment DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
  Reason for the amendment, referring to specific certificate sections:

- amendments to Column 3 "Driving categories";

- amendments to Column 4 "Additional Information";

- amendments to Column 5 "New language knowledge acquired or current knowledge has been examined periodically";

- amendments to Column 6 "Restrictions";

- amendments to Column 7 "New knowledge acquired regarding the rolling stock or current knowledge has been examined periodically";

- amendments to Column 8 "New knowledge acquired regarding the railway infrastructure or current knowledge has been examined periodically"

Text Mandatory
24. Suspension(s) (several entries are possible)
24.1. Time period for which the suspension is in effect From (date) until (date) Mandatory
24.2. Reason for the suspension Text Mandatory
25. Revocation(s) (several entries are possible)
25.1. Revocation date DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
25.2. Reason for the revocation Text Mandatory
26. Loss of Certificate was Reported
26.1. Reporting date DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
26.2. Date when the duplicate was issued DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
27. Theft of the Certificate was Reported
27.1. Reporting date DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
27.2. Date when the duplicate was issued DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
28. Destruction of the Certificate was Reported
28.1. Reporting date DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
28.2. Date when the duplicate was issued DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory

5.4. fourth data section. Historical entries regarding the essential requirements for issuing a harmonised complementary certificate and results of periodic examinations

29. Knowledge of Languages
29.1. Essential requirement Working language(s), for which the certification was issued that the requirements referred to in Sub-paragraphs 43.2.2, 45.2.2 or Paragraph 46 of this Regulation have been fulfilled Text Mandatory
29.2. Periodic examinations Date of knowledge certification (passing of the examination) for each working language. Several entries are possible DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
30. Knowledge of Rolling Stock
30.1. Essential requirement The type of rolling stock for which the certification was issued that the requirements referred to in Sub-paragraph 43.1 or 45.1 of this Regulation have been fulfilled Text Mandatory
30.2. Periodic examinations Date of periodic examination (knowledge certification). Several entries are possible DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory
31. Knowledge of the Railway Infrastructure
31.1. Essential requirement The railway infrastructure for which the certification was issued that the requirements referred to in Sub-paragraph 43.2.1 or 45.2.1 of this Regulation have been fulfilled Text Mandatory
31.2. Periodic examinations Date of periodic examination (knowledge certification). Several entries are possible DD-MM-YYYY Mandatory

Acting for the Minister for Transport -
Minister for Environment R. Vējonis

 

Annex 7
Cabinet Regulation No. 873
14 September 2010

Train Driver's Form

[22 May 2012]

1. Sample of the cover page of the train driver's form.

 

TRAIN DRIVER'S
FORM


(page format A6)

2. Sample of page 3 of the train driver's form.

TRAIN DRIVER'S
FORM
name of the merchant
given name
surname
Merchant
or his or her authorised person
signature surname
commenced on __ ______ 20__
completed on __ ______ 20__
place for a seal
3

(page format A6)

3. Sample of pages 4 and 5 of the train driver's form.

The train driver's form is a document reflecting the fulfilment
of the train driver's official duties

1. The train driver's form shall be issued to a train driver by the employer or its authorised person, and it shall be replaced after the sections have been filled in completely.

2. The train driver's form shall be kept:

2.1. with the train driver when he or she fulfils official duties;

2.2. in the remaining time - in the place specified by the employer.

3. The train driver's form shall be presented upon the request of officials authorised to control the work of the train driver.

4. The merchant or its authorised person shall control entries in the train driver's form according to the procedures specified in the commercial company.

5. A completely filled-in or damaged train driver's form shall be kept in the place specified by the merchant for two years.

4


Content of train driver's
form

Section 1 List of railway line sections, railway stations, railway junctions where the train driver is entitled to work independently, as well as notes regarding permission to work without the train driver's assistant.

Section 2 List of types and series of traction vehicles, which the train driver is entitled to operate independently.

Section 3 Note regarding train driver's work checks.

In this section the official who performed the trial or skill assessment journey, a check of the train driver's work or speedometer readings, shall record the results thereof.

Section 4 Special notes

In this section the warning or disciplinary punishment imposed on the train driver for violations committed shall be registered.

5

(page format A6)

4. Sample of Section 1, pages 6 and 7 of the train driver's form.

Section 1
List of railway line sections, railway stations, railway junctions where the train driver is entitled to work independently
No. Railway line,
railway station or railway junction

Type of movement Date of the statement Date of the statement on the permission for work without the train driver's assistant Surname of the official who provided the statement
6…7

(page format A6)

5. Sample of Section 2, pages 8 and 9 of the train driver's form.

Section 2
List of types and series of traction vehicles, which the train driver is entitled to operate independently

No. Type and series of the traction vehicle Surname of the official who provided the statement
8…9

(page format A6)

6. Sample of Section 3, pages 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48 and 50 of the train driver's form.

Section 3
Note regarding the results of the train driver's work checks
Date
Time
Type of work
Railway line section (railway station)
Train No.
Series and No. of the traction vehicle
Check results
10.... 50

(page format A6)

7. Sample of Section 3, pages 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49 and 51 of the train driver's form.

Position of the official,
surname and signature
11... 51

(page format A6)

8. Sample of Section 4, pages 52, 53, 54 and 55 of the train driver's form.

Section 4
Special notes
No. Date Description of violation Type of the disciplinary punishment imposed
52…55

(page format A6)

Notes.

1. Size of the train driver's form shall be A6 format page.

2. Pages of the train driver's form shall be numbered.

3. Number and title of section shall be placed on the first page of section.

 


Translation © 2017 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
Document information
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In force
in force
Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 873Adoption: 14.09.2010.Entry into force: 09.10.2010.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 160, 08.10.2010.
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