The privatization of the railways will encourage the private sector
Çıtak, General Director of Railway Regulation: “The private sector will be able to provide freight and passenger transport services on the railways with the enactment of the Liberalization Law, which does not mean privatization of the sector but will provide a free competition environment.
General Directorate of Railway Regulation Erol Çıtak, with the enactment of the Liberalization Law, which does not mean the privatization of the sector, but will provide a free competition environment, the private sector also provides a freight and passenger transport services on railways (by granting the right of easement for 49 years, including all costs belonging to the private sector). reported that it could have the opportunity to make and operate the infrastructure.
Çıtak, who made a statement to AA correspondent about the liberalization of the railway sector, stated that the General Directorate of Railway Regulation will be responsible for the regulation of the railway sector.
Çıtak stated that the most important issues such as licensing and safety will be carried out in accordance with the EU standards on issues such as the conditions under which the towed vehicles will be used in the railway, the standards to be used and the rules and trainings of the train and infrastructure operators.
Çıtak said that “The Private Sector will have the opportunity to build and operate a railway infrastructure with freight and passenger transportation services in railways with the entry into force of the Liberalization Law, which does not mean privatization of the sector, but will provide a free competition environment”. said it is to ensure free, fair and sustainable competition.
Stating that the General Directorate of Railway Regulation will determine the rules to be followed by the companies that will serve on the railways, Çıtak said that he will produce solutions to conflicts that may arise between infrastructure operators and train operators.
The purpose of the establishment of the "General Directorate of Railway Regulation" is to ensure general arrangements in the railway sector, to regulate the mutual operability principles of the trains with the EU and to provide equal opportunities to the private and public sector in the fair and free competition environment in case of the Liberalization Law. In this context, we can consider it as the first concrete and legal step of liberalization in the sector. ”
To encourage the private sector
Effective regulation to ensure that the private sector becomes active rapidly during the liberalization process of the General Directorate of Railway Regulation, takes economic measures to encourage and encourage the private sector, take measures to prevent an operator from becoming dominant in the market, and to ensure non-discriminatory access to natural monopoly infrastructure. Stating that he will create the mechanism, Çıtak said:
“The legal and structural arrangements to be made, and how the companies that will carry cargo and passengers on railways will use the railway infrastructure will be based on legal grounds. For example, the conditions under which a company willing to serve using the railway infrastructure will serve, the training and certification of its employees, and the commissioning of the vehicles it will use will be determined by legislation. In this context, legislative studies have been started by making use of the European Union IPA funds to our General Directorate and the studies are continuing rapidly.
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