The Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has adopted a voluntary standard for permanently attaching a Unique Rail Vehicle Identification System identifier to rolling stock (URVIS). It is reported by the Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Railway Gazette.


The identifier is required for the implementation of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on Mobile Equipment. This is expected to come into effect later this year and will create a publicly accessible international registry in which the security interests of banks and lessors will be registered against the URVIS identifier.

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The rules are voluntary, but creditors and rail operators wishing to take advantage of the protocol will need to comply with them. They will also be important for facilitating seamless cross-border operation of rolling stock around the world, at a time when the environment needs railways more than ever.

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