Ministry of Transport and Communications conducts workshop on Rail Safety Guidelines

Monday, February 22, 2016
Ministry of Transport and Communications conducts workshop on Rail Safety Guidelines

The Ministry of Transport & Communications is in process of bringing in a law relating to the Regulations of Railway Affairs which will be supported by the Development, Certification and Right of Way (RoW) Protection Guidelines. 

The MoTC has drafted these guidelines covering railways and other guided transport systems in the State of Qatar to ensure development and operations of rail systems is regulated and consistency is achieved across the network. The certifications will be issued by the MoTC at various stages of projects and it's purpose is to achieve compliance with the key objectives of safety of passengers, staff, contractors, sub-contractors, Third Parties and the general public as well as to meet the lawful regulatory requirements in the State of Qatar.

The scope of safety certification broadly covers two key areas during the overall project life cycle. Firstly, all project development stages without passengers and secondly the Operations & Maintenance with passengers. The certification guidelines and process provides guidance on the principles that would help the Owner and the Developer of such systems to achieve compliance to those objectives and obtain safety certification(s) from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

As part of the stakeholders' consultation process, the Ministry's team recently conducted a workshop with Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Ministry of Interior, Qatar Rail, and Ashghal.