Comité international des transports ferroviaires (CIT)
International Rail Transport Committee
1902 Vienna Austria
Founded 1902, Vienna (Austria), originally having French title Comité international des transports par chemins de fer, as the organ of railway and other transport undertakings adhering to T-XT0067 - International Convention Concerning the Carriage of Goods by Rail, signed 14 Oct 1890, Bern (Switzerland). Previously also referred to in Italian as Comitato Internazionale dei Trasporti per Ferrovia. Terms of reference and activities extended, 23 Oct 1924, by T-XT2467 - International Convention Concerning the Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail and subsequently by supplementary provisions to these conventions: T-XT5009 - Additional Convention to the International Convention Signed at Rome on 23 Nov 1933 Concerning the Transport of Goods by Rail (CIM); T-XT5238 - Revision of the International Conventions Concerning the Carriage of Goods by Rail and of Passengers and Luggage by Rail (CIM, CIV); T-XT6150 - International Convention Concerning the Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail, 1961 (CIV); T-XT7016 - International Convention Concerning the Carriage of Passengers and Luggage by Rail, with Additional Protocol, 1970 (CIV). A following convention, signed 9 may 1980, entered into force 1 May 1985 and suspended 30 Jun 2006, is T-XT8045 - Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail, 1980, which fundamentally reformed the structure of the previous conventions, separating provisions (which appear in the Convention paper) from rules on the Contract of Carriage. These latter appear in the two appendices, 'A - Règles uniformes concernant le contrat de transport international ferroviaire des voyageurs et des bagages (CIV)' and 'B - Règles uniformes concernant le contrat de transport international ferroviaire des marchandises (CIM)'. The current version of COTIF, T-XT9974 - Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail, 1999, extending its application, simplifying rules and adapting them to liberalization of the international market, was adopted by OTIF General Assembly, 26 May - 4 Jun 1999, Vilnius (Lithuania), and entered into force 1 Jul 2006. It contains the new appendices RID (Appendix C), CUV Uniform Rules for the contract of use of vehicles (Appendix D), CUI Uniform Rules for the contract of Use of Infrastructure (Appendix E), APTU Uniform Rules concerning the validation of Technical Standards (Appendix F) and ATMF Uniform Rules concerning the Technical Admission of Railway Material (Appendix G). Due to a declaration of non-application requested for by E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC), 8 Member States do not apply CUI, APTU and ATMF Uniform Rules as from 1 Jul 2006; 3 more from 1 Jan 2008; 2 more from 1 Jan 2009. Under revised statutes adopted, effective 1 Jan 2004, CIT assumes an independent legal personality with power to conclude contracts and defend the interests of the Association as plaintiff and defendant.
Develop international law relating to rail transport on the basis of the COTIF Convention and its Appendices; adopt standard instructions for the implementation of the international rail transport law, in particular COTIF, and its consistent application; develop relationship between members and represent their interest in the face of liberalization of the railway industry and extension of the substantive area of application of COTIF.
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