AUSTRALIA’s Rail Industry Safety and Standard Board (RISSB) has entered into a contract with software company Aquipa to compile a national register of rolling stock, which will provide a single data source on fleets used across Australia and a central platform for the management of the rolling stock registration process. 

RISSB will work with the federal, state and territory governments to develop the register. RISSB CEO, Ms Deborah Spring, says that the register, part of the National Rail Action Plan, will help to improve rolling stock data transparency, enhance interoperability, and harmonise the rolling stock registration process. 

RISSB has been working for the past 12 months on the project before contracting Aquipa to develop the register. RISSB is aiming to deliver a centralised database of rolling stock with base information required for vehicle registrations in 12 months.

The database will support the input of unique rolling stock identification numbers and will provide rail infrastructure managers, rolling stock operators and asset owners the ability to update information and access shared data. 

Planned future phases include enabling operators to issue certificates, waivers, and exemptions, with the goal of offering a single point of registration and approval management. 

The national rolling stock register is a significant project delivered by RISSB’s Major Projects portfolio, a business stream created to target problem areas for the rail industry not easily addressed by RISSB’s more traditional standards, codes of practice and guidelines.