Implementation of rail noise ban in Germany: no sanctions during 2020-2021

ESC was calling the European and national authorities for a delay in the implementation of the national legislation in Germany on rail noise reduction. The national legislation was prepared following the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/774 of 16 May 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 1304/2014 on reducing noise. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retrofitting of freight wagons has been delayed or completely interrupted since early summer.

After weighing the concerns, the German Transport Ministry agreed that violations of the Rail Noise Protection Act would not be sanctioned for a limited period of time corresponding to the 2020-2021 timetable.