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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
E-005671-18
Question for written answer E-005671-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martin Schirdewan (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  New audible warning signals on the Berlin S-Bahn (suburban railway)
 Answer in writing 

The carriages to be brought into service on the Berlin S-Bahn as from 2021 will no longer use the traditional three-tone warning signal, but instead a ‘machine-like beeping’. However, according to a report in the newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’, neither Stadler nor Siemens are to blame, but rather an EU requirement which the Federal Railway Authority (EBA) has to observe when certifying trains for use in Germany(1).

What EU rules are applicable as regards audible warning signals in public transport and is there a prescribed EU-wide warning signal?

Are traditional audible warning signals such as those used by the Berlin S-Bahn compatible with EU requirements for the certification of new rolling stock?

What options do regional and national authorities, such as the Federal Railway Authority (EBA), have in order to enable the continued use of traditional audible warning signals when certifying new rolling stock in compliance with EC law?

(1)http://www.faz.net/aktuell/technik-motor/technik/die-neue-s-bahn-fuer-berlin-soll-ab-2021-fahren-15815233.html

Original language of question: DE 
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