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The contract of international carriage of passengers by rail is subject to the CIV Uniform Rules, Regulation (EC) 1371/2007 on rail passengers' rights and obligations (PRR), and national law.

Scope of Application of PRR

The Regulation (EC) on Rail Passenger Rights and Obligations (No. 1371/2007) (PRR) provides for a number of exemptions to its application. Depending on the type of rail passenger services the following exemptions are available according to the PRR:

 

  • Domestic long distance rail passenger services (Article 2(4) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR except Articles 9, 11, 12, 19, 20(1) and 26 PRR. Exemptions are granted for five years and may be renewed twice (i.e. until max. 2024).
  • Urban, suburban and regional rail passenger services (Article 2(5) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR except Articles 9, 11, 12, 19, 20(1) and 26 PRR. Exemptions can be granted permanently.
  • International journeys with significant part of the rail passenger service operated outside the EU (Article 2(6) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR. Exemptions can be granted for 5 years and are renewable.

 

Those exemptions, which were granted by the EU Member States for the first five years expired on 3 December 2014. Most of those exemptions were renewed until 2019.

The current map contains information on the scope of application of the PRR (including valid exemptions) based on the information provided by the CIT members, as well as the scope of application of the CIV and SMPS in Europe. The official list of exemptions to the PRR prepared by the European Commission is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/passengers/rail/doc/summary_table.pdf.

Documents

COTIF - extract
Dec. 1, 2010

Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) - extract



Three language text of Articles 8 – 12 of the basic convention.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2006 / Edition 1 December 2010

7 pages

CIV
July 1, 2006

Uniform Rules concerning the Contract of International Carriage of Passengers by Rail (CIV) - Appendix A to COTIF



Three language text of the CIV Uniform Rules.

Applicable with effect from 1 July 2006 / Edition 1 July 2006

39 pages

Scope of application of CIV
Aug. 1, 2016

CIV 1999

Map produced by the CIT showing in which states and to which maritime services the CIV Uniform Rules apply. Edition 1 August 2016

1 page

PRR
Dec. 3, 2009

Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on rail passengers’ rights and obligations



Three language text of the Passengers’ Rights Regulation (PRR) produced by the CIT. The regulation supplements the CIV Uniform Rules for the carriage of domestic and international passengers within the EU and Norway.

Application with effect from 3 December 2009 / Edition 3 December 2009

33 pages

List of exemptions to PRR 2.0
June 22, 2015

Exemptions to Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 (PRR): renewal (information per 24.03.2015)

 

A list, in the form of a table drawn up by the CER and CIT on the basis of information provided by members, containing verified information on the exemptions allowed by EU Member States to domestic rail transport services (urban, suburban, regional and long distance).

Edition 22 June 2015

5 pages

List of exemptions to PRR
Sept. 11, 2013

Exemptions to Regulation (EC) No 1371/2007 (PRR): overview /

Valid until 3 December 2014

A list, in the form of a table drawn up by the CER and CIT on the basis of information provided by members, containing verified information on the exemptions allowed by EU Member States to domestic rail transport services (urban, suburban, regional and long distance).

Edition 11 September 2013

5 pages

Report on PRR
Oct. 1, 2012

CER-CIT report on PRR

 

Implementation of the Regulation on Rail Passengers' Rights (EC)
No 1371/2007: The Rail Sector's Report

 

96 pages

Austrian law implementing PRR
April 23, 2010

25. Bundesgesetz, mit dem ein Bundesgesetz zur Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1371/2007 über die Rechte und Pflichten der Fahrgäste im Eisenbahnverkehr erlassen wird und mit dem das Eisenbahngesetz 1957 und das Schieneninfrastrukturfinanzierungsgesetz geändert werden


Austrian law specifying the exemptions allowed by Austria to certain urban, suburban and regional rail services (Article 1).

Applicable with effect from 23 April 2010

28 pages

Belgian law implementing PRR
Jan. 10, 2010

Loi portant des dispositions diverses


Extract from the Belgian law specifying the organisation of the national body responsible for the enforcement of the PRR.

Applicable with effect from 10 January 2010

2 pages

Belgian law implementing PRR
March 4, 2011

Arrêté royal déterminant le régime des sanctions applicables en cas de violations des dispositions du Règlement (CE) n° 13781/2007 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 23. Oktober 2007 sur les droits et obligations des voyageurs ferroviaires



Belgian law specifying the level of fines imposed on railway undertakings for infringing the PRR.

Applicable with effect from 4 March 2011

5 pages

British law implementing PRR
Dec. 4, 2014

Statutory Instruments 2014 No. 2793, The Rail Passengers’ Rights and Obligations (Exemptions) Regulations 2014


British law renewing the exemptions allowed in Great Britain to domestic rail services (point 4).

Applicable with effect from 4 December 2014

4 pages

British law implem. PRR - Corr.
April 12, 2014

Statutory Instruments 2014 No. 2793, The Rail Passengers’ Rights and Obligations (Exemptions) Regulations 2014, Correction


Correction of the British law renewing the exemptions – exemptions are valid until 4th December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 4 December 2014

1 page

Comment to British law implementing PRR
Dec. 4, 2014

Explanatory Memorandum to the Rail Passengers’ Rights and Obligations (Exemptions) Regulations 2014, No. 2793



Explanatory memorandum to the British Law specifying the exemptions allowed in Great Britain for domestic rail services until 4 December 2019

Applicable with effect from 4 December 2014

5 pages

Czech law implementing PRR
Dec. 3, 2014

Zákon o dráhách

Czech law specifying the exemptions allowed by Czech Republic to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services (§ 36a)

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2014

28 pages

Czech law amend. the law on PRR
June 23, 2014

Zákon, kterym se meni zákon c. 266/1994 Sb., o dráhách, ve zneni pozdejsich predpisu

Czech law amending the law implementing the PRR – extended the application of exemptions until 3 December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 23 June 2014

1 page

Croatian law implementing PRR
July 23, 2013

ZAKON O ŽELJEZNICI

 

Croatian law specifying the exemptions allowed by Croatia to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services (article 65§10).

Applicable with effect from 23 July 2013

46 pages

Croatian Ordinance of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure
Sept. 22, 2014

Ministarstvo pomorstva, prometa i

infrastrukture,

Odluka o odgodi roka primjene odredbi uredbe EZ br. 1371/2007 o pravima i obvezama putnika

Verordnung des Ministeriums für maritime Angelegenheiten, Transport und Infrastruktur der Kroatien: Verlängerung der Gültigkeit von Ausnahmegenehmigungen bis am 3. Dezember 2019.

Gültig ab 22. September 2014

1 Seite

Finnish law implementing PRR
June 26, 2009

Hallituksen esitys Eduskunnalle laiksi rautatiekuljetuslain

Muuttamisesta, HE 103/2009 vp

Finnish law specifying the exemptions to the Rail PRR applicable in Finland

Applicable with effect from 26 June 2009

7 pages

French law implementing PRR
Dec. 9, 2009

Loi no 2009-1503 relative à l’organisation et à la régulation des transports ferroviaires et portant diverses dispositions relatives aux transports



French law specifying the exemptions allowed by France to domestic rail services (Article 3).

Applicable with effect from 9 December 2009

25 pages

French law implementing PRR
March 17, 2014

Loi no 2014-344 du 17 mars 2014 relative à la consommation

French law specifying the organisation of the national body responsible for the enforcement of the PRR (article 76) and the level of fines imposed on railway undertakings for infringing the PRR (article 116).


Applicable with effect from 17 March 2014

75 pages

German law implementing PRR
July 29, 2009

Gesetz zur Anpassung eisenbahnrechtlicher Vorschriften an die Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1371/2007 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 23. Oktober 2007 über die Rechte und Pflichten der Fahrgäste im Eisenbahnverkehr

German law specifying the exemptions allowed by Germany to certain urban, suburban and regional rail services (Article 3 § 2).

Applicable with effect from 29 July 2009 (partially) and 3 December 2009 (wholly)

4 pages

Hungarian law implementing PRR
Dec. 3, 2009

A Kormány 270/2009. (XII. 1.) ; A Kormány 271/2009. (XII. 1.)

Hungarian laws specifying the exemptions allowed by Hungary to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services together with international services leaving the territory of the EU.

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2009

13 pages

Hungarian law amend. law on PRR
Dec. 19, 2014

271/2009. (XII. 1.) Korm. rendelet az országos mukodési engedély alapján végzett vasúti személyszállítás részletes feltételeir?l



Hungarian law amending the law implementing the PRR – extended the application of exemptions until 3 December 2019 (§3, and §24 (4) e))

Applicable with effect from 2 December 2014

11 pages

Irish law implementing PRR
Dec. 1, 2014

Statutory Instruments, European Union (Rail Passengers’ Rights and Obligations) (domestic Passenger Rail Services) (Renewal of Exemptions) Regulations 2014, S.I. No. 549 of 2014



Irish law specifying the exemptions to the Rail PRR for domestic rail transport services applicable in Ireland until 4 December 2019

Applicable with effect from 1 December 2014

4 pages

Italian law implementing PRR
May 21, 2014

DECRETO LEGISLATIVO 17 aprile 2014, n. 70

Italian law specifying the organisation of the national body responsible for the enforcement of the PRR (article 76) and the level of fines imposed on railway undertakings for infringing the PRR (article 116).


Applicable with effect from 17 March 2014

12 pages

Lithuanian law on PRMs’ rights
Sept. 16, 2015

GELEŽINKELI? TRANSPORTO KODEKSO PAPILDYMO 331 STRAIPSNIU ?STATYMAS

Lithuanian law no. XII-1623 on certain rights for PRMs in national rail traffic.

Applicable with effect from 16 September 2015

2 pages

Lithuanian law extending exemptions to PRR
Sept. 16, 2015

GELEŽINKELI? TRANSPORTO KODEKSO 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, 23, 24, 25, 29, 33 STRAIPSNI?, PRIEDO PAKEITIMO IR PAPILDYMO, KODEKSO PAPILDYMO 41, 251, 331 STRAIPSNIAIS IR 8, 27 STRAIPSNI? PRIPAŽINIMO NETEKUSIAIS GALIOS ?STATYMO NR. XI-1595 20 STRAIPSNIO PAKEITIMO ?STATYMAS

Lithuanian law no. XII-1622 specifying the exemptions allowed by Lithuania to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services together with international services leaving the territory of the EU. Exemptions are valid until 3 December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 16 September 2015

1 page

Luxemburg law implementing PRR
Dec. 3, 2009

Règlement grand-ducal du 1er décembre 2009 portant dérogation pour certains services de transport ferroviaire au règlement 1371/2007 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 23 octobre 2007 sur les droits et obligations des voyageurs ferroviaires et désignation de l’autorité compétente chargée de l’application dudit règlement



Luxembourg law specifying the exemptions allowed by Luxembourg to certain domestic and cross-frontier regional rail services (Article 2 and 3) and specifying the national body enforcing the PRR.

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2009

2 pages

Polish law extending exemptions
Dec. 3, 2014

Rozporzadzenie Ministra Infrastruktury 1680 z dnia 20 listopada 2014 r. w sprawie zwolnienia ze stosowania niektórych przepisów rozporzadzenia (WE) nr 1371/2007 Parlementu Europejskiego i Rady dotyczacego praw i obowiazków pasazerów w ruchu kolejowym



Polish law extending the exemptions allowed by Poland to national rail services together with international services leaving the territory of the EU until 3 December 2014.

The exemptions are extended until 3 December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2014

1 page

Polish law implementing PRR
Dec. 3, 2009

Ustawa 1658 z dnia 25 czerwca 2009 r. o zmianie ustawy o transporcie kolejowym

Polish law specifying the exemptions allowed by Poland to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services together with international services leaving the territory of the EU.

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2009

10 pages

Portuguese law impl. PRR
April 1, 2015

Decreto-Lei n.º 35/2015 do Ministerio da Economia

Resolution of the Ministry of Economy on the implementation of PRR. The exemptions allowed to domestic rail transport services are extended until 3 December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 1 April 2015.

13 pages

Spanish law implementing PRR
May 1, 2010

Resolución de 22 de marzo de 2010, de la Dirección General de Transporte Terrestre, por la que se publica el Acuerdo de Consejo de Ministros de 5 de marzo de 2010, por el que se adapta a la situación actual del transporte ferroviario el Reglamento (CE) n.º 1371/2007, del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo, de 23 de octubre de 2007, sobre los derechos y las obligaciones de los viajeros por ferrocarril


Spanish law specifying the exemptions allowed by Spain to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services.

Applicable with effect from 1 May 2010

2 pages

Romanian law implementing PRR
Nov. 25, 2009

Hotarâre nr. 1476/2009 privind stabilirea unor masuri pentru asigurarea aplicarii Regulamentului (CE) nr. 1.371/2007 alParlamentului European si al Consiliului din 23 octombrie 2007 privind drepturile si obligatiile calatorilor din transportul feroviar

Romanian law specifying the exemptions allowed by Romania to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services together with international services leaving the territory of the EU.

Applicable with effect from 3 December 2009

3 pages

Slovak law implementing PRR
Dec. 4, 2009

Decree from the Slovak Minister for Transport, Post and Telecommunications

Letter from the Slovak Minister of Transport, Post and Telecommunications specifying the exemptions allowed by Slovakia to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services.

Applicable with effect from 4 December 2009

1 page

Slovak law implementing PRR amended
Oct. 30, 2014

Decree from the Slovak Minister for Transport, Post and Telecommunications

Letter from the Slovak Minister of Transport, Port and Telecommunications specifying the exemptions allowed by Slovakia to certain urban, suburban, regional and long-distance rail services: renewal of exemptions until 3 December 2019.

Applicable with effect from 30 October 2014

1 page