We are updating and simplifying the guidance regarding Train Driver  Licences 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, the consultation on this ends on 11 February 2019.

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.

The link to the consultation document can be found here

Please could I ask that you refer this consultation to any of your colleagues who are involved with Train Driver Licensing, whilst I have tried to contact as many people as possible I am aware that particularly in a practice environment, we may only have one contact e-mail and I would appreciate it if the information could be shared.