Scientific Bases

Colin Bonnet
Colin Bonnet

Public transport companies such as railways, cableways, urban public transport and shipping companies are obliged to report accidents or other incidents. We record, analyse and evaluate the incidents reported, with the involvement of various specialist Sections. We place this information within an overarching context. The results form a vital basis for the further development of regulations, for the authorisation procedures, and for the targeted monitoring of the companies in their operating phase. We manage the interface to the Swiss Accident Investigation Board (SAIB), which is responsible for investigating accidents that occur in public transport.

Due to it's geographical position, Switzerland plays an important role in international railway transport. The harmonisation of national and international rules is an essential condition for efficient transport. The FOT represents Swiss interests in the relevant committees and working groups of the EU and international organisations. In close cooperation with the FOT's specialist Sections, we determine the action that harmonisation requires, draw up leading strategies, and plan measures to implement them.

Long railway tunnels are more and more equipped with complex systems that aim to prevent accidents in addition to making operation easier in general. There have also been numerous measures to ensure that the response forces have the best possible conditions for evacuating passengers in the very rare incidents that occur. Requirements for tunnel safety are laid down in national and international regulations. We are engaged in the continuous further development of these regulations, by representing the FOT in national and international working groups and supporting applied research in this area. In authorisation procedures, we ensure the coordination of the specialist Sections, and evaluate the cross-disciplinary aspects.

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