Technical inspection of rolling stock (Traffic inspection) 

Service description

VR offers railworthiness inspection for trains leaving the depot, including break testing.

The orderer (customer/operator) takes care of the transfer of rolling stock on the depot tracks.

VR primarily carries out the inspections in accordance with the rolling stock-specific inspection guide documents.

For brake testing, both VR's and the Finnish Transport Agency's brake testing gear is used, or if needed, own gear of the rolling stock.

VR sells the traffic inspection service in Helsinki and Oulu depots.

The orderer is responsible for the documentation and information that it has provided.

A receipt for the inspection done and a list of the faults and deficiencies detected will be given to the orderer in connection with the inspection.

Pricing model

Invoicing in accordance with the work carried out (€90/hr, taking into account the appointment time for carrying out the work).

Quantity discounts can be negotiated in cases where the customer's buying volumes are considerable.

Familiarisation with new rolling stock will be charged from the customer on a case by case basis,  based on the amount of work required.

The use of the inspection service is invoiced monthly in accordance with the usage.

For other matters related to the pricing, delay by the customer, etc., see General Terms and Conditions for VR Maintenance Services 2016.

Agreement model and booking of capacity

A service agreement is made with every orderer (customer/operator) of the service.

The orderer of the service will deliver VR an annual estimation about the number of technical inspections and desired inspection times (weekdays and hours) at least two months before the need for inspection. On the basis of this, VR will draw up a preliminary inspection plan and identify possible conflict situations between the plans of different orderers.

The primary means for resolving possibly overlapping bookings is by negotiation with the orderers. If no solution for the conflict situation can be found, VR will decide upon the inspection order, keeping in mind equality. The order of inspection is resolved in such a way that the inspection times mostly desired are reserved for each orderer while taking into account the departure times of the trains.

On the basis of the annual estimation, VR will confirm the order and possible inspection times always for the scheduling period of trains at a time. VR will provide a detailed inspection schedule for each scheduling period two weeks before the beginning of the scheduling period at the latest. In the inspection schedule, an inspection time is reserved to the orderer with three-hour accuracy, taking into account, however, the train's departure time from the depot. The orderer will confirm the booked inspection time at least one week before the beginning of the scheduling period.

VR strives to answer to possibly urgent needs, so that it would be possible to get to the service in question also within seven days, provided that the capacity allows it. In that case, the service would be placed into the next free time slot in the work queue. VR will, in that case charge extra for urgent work in addition to a normal service.

The first year of the service is its deployment year: the implementation of the service is experimented with and monitored and then the functioning of the operational model is evaluated. If any needs for alterations are spotted, the service can be changed in the way desired.