Scope of Application of PRR

The Regulation (EC) on Rail Passenger Rights and Obligations (No. 1371/2007) (PRR) provides for a number of exemptions to its application. Depending on the type of rail passenger services the following exemptions are available according to the PRR:

  • Domestic long distance rail passenger services (Article 2(4) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR except Articles 9, 11, 12, 19, 20(1) and 26 PRR. Exemptions are granted for five years and may be renewed twice (i.e. until max. 2024).
  • Urban, suburban and regional rail passenger services (Article 2(5) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR except Articles 9, 11, 12, 19, 20(1) and 26 PRR. Exemptions can be granted permanently.
  • International journeys with significant part of the rail passenger service operated outside the EU (Article 2(6) PRR) : exemptions are available for all provisions of the PRR. Exemptions can be granted for 5 years and are renewable.

Those exemptions, which were granted by the EU Member States for the first five years expired on 3 December 2014. Most of those exemptions were renewed until 2019.

The current map contains information on the scope of application of the PRR (including valid exemptions) based on the information provided by the CIT members, as well as the scope of application of the CIV and SMPS in Europe. The official list of exemptions to the PRR prepared by the European Commission is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/passengers/rail/doc/summary_table.pdf .