Consultation on new suite of guides for the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010

Date published: 6 February 2019
Closing date: 22 March 2019

We are updating and simplifying the guidance and are consulting on a new suite of four guides to replace the old single guidance document.

The Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 (TDLCR) require all train drivers on the mainline railway to hold a licence and a certificate to drive a train. TDLCR implement European Directives 2007/59/EC and 2014/82/EU which aim to make Europe’s railways more efficient and competitive and to make it easier to operate cross-border rail services. The final implementation date for TDLCR was 29 October 2018.

Now that the final implementation date has passed and we have experience of administering the licence arrangements we have been reviewing our existing published guidance on TDLCR.

We are updating and simplifying the guidance and are consulting on a new suite of guides to replace the old single guidance document. The aim is to target the guides at different people with duties under the regulations to make it easier to find topics. We have also produced expanded guidance on the process we follow when considering the suspension or withdrawal of a licence.

This consultation covers three new guides and key facts leaflet: a guide for train operators, a guide to the medical and occupational psychological fitness requirements, a guide to the training and examination requirements and a key facts leaflet for train drivers.

An overview of TDLCR requirements is also attached for background information.

Responding to this consultation

Please send your response by 22 March 2019 by email to sue.butler@orr.gov.uk or in writing to:

Sue Butler
Office of Rail and Road
One Kemble Street
London
WC2B 4AN

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  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
  • publishing your response on our website (unless you have indicated to us that you wish for your response to be treated as confidential as set out above.)

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  • create it from the electronic Word file (preferably using Adobe Acrobat), as opposed to an image scan, where possible; and
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Consultation documents

Guide for train operators pdf icon PDF, 822 Kb
Guide to the medical and occupational psychological fitness requirements pdf icon PDF, 352 Kb
Guide to the training and examination requirements pdf icon PDF, 242 Kb
Key facts leaflet for train drivers pdf icon PDF, 140 Kb
6 February 2019

Background information

TDLCR overview document pdf icon PDF, 191 Kb
December 2018