Railway safety - a reminder

Carelessness and inattention are the main causes of rail accidents. When approaching a level crossing:
  • Reduce speed to stop the vehicle if necessary
  • Obey road signs and traffic lights
  • Watch, listen, and pay attention to make sure it is safe to keep moving.
  • Always give way to an approaching railway vehicle

It is forbidden to cross the track outside a crossing or crossing point.

In poor visibility (e.g., in darkness, heavy rain, glaring sun) and slippery conditions, special care must be taken when crossing the railway. In slippery conditions, drivers must consider the longer braking distance of the vehicle and start to slow down earlier than usual before crossing.

Cross the railway line safely

When crossing the railway as a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, remember:

  • The railway is a dangerous area if you do not obey the rules of the road.
  • When crossing the railway, pay extra attention and remove other distractions (headphones, smart devices, etc.).
  • Always give way when you see or hear a railway vehicle approaching.
  • Observe traffic signs, audible and visual signals, the barrier's position, and the instructions of the traffic controller.
  • Be aware of the potential dangers of rail traffic.

Do not cross the tracks:

  • with a forbidding light regardless of the presence or position of the barrier.
  • When the barrier is closed, closed, or open, irrespective of the presence or absence of a traffic light.
  • In the event of a prohibition signal from the regulator.
  • By delaying

Driver's reminder

  • Make sure that there is no railway vehicle approaching the level crossing.
  • To give way to a railway vehicle, stop in front of a barrier or a road sign or, failing this, at least five meters from the first track. Other cases in which stopping is mandatory are listed in § 60 of the Traffic Act.
  • It is forbidden to cross the railway if you are forced to stop at a level crossing.
  • It is forbidden to park on the carriageway within 50 meters of a level crossing.
  • It is forbidden to stop a vehicle on a level crossing.
  • You must not reverse, overtake or tow any machinery or coupling device which is not in running order or could damage the crossing on a level crossing.
  • It is forbidden to cross the track outside the level crossing.

What to do if you are forced to make an emergency stop at a level crossing?

Make sure people leave the vehicle and do everything you can to clear the crossing. If it is not possible to clear the intersection, the driver must stay with the car and, when a railway vehicle appears, move quickly to meet it, giving the signal to stop in a circular motion with his hand. You must keep a light source, reflector, or similar device on during the hours of darkness.

Pedestrian reminder

  • Cross only at designated crossing points.
  • When crossing the railway, pay attention and make sure no railway vehicles are approaching by looking and listening.
  • Stay in the railway's immediate vicinity only when crossing the railway and boarding or alighting from a passenger train.
  • The railway and its surroundings are not suitable places for walking, sports, games, or other leisure activities.

Cyclist's reminder

  • When crossing the railway, stop before a level crossing or level crossing.
  • Get off your bike
  • Make sure there is no railway vehicle approaching by looking and listening.
  • Go through the designated barriers
  • Cross the railway carefully

Last updated: 06.04.2021