GERT8000-DC Iss 5

DC Electrified Lines


You will need this module if you carry out the duties of a train driver, guard, shunter, designated person (DP), signaller, crossing keeper in DC electrified areas.

Summary Of Changes

The rules have been changed to extend the distance that a person, or anything being carried, can come within live conductor rail equipment (CRE) to 1.5m (5 feet), but to make clear that activities or tasks can be carried out within this 1.5 metre (5 feet) dimension as long as specific conditions in company instructions have been met, and the precautions to manage danger from the CRE, shoe gear and associated exposed live train-mounted equipment are being carried out. 

In addition to live CRE, the rules have also been changed where relevant throughout the module to say that they also apply to the danger from live shoe gear and associated exposed live train-mounted equipment which can also pose an electrical risk. 

Section 3.2 has been amended to state first the type of defects that must be reported to the signaller and those which must be then reported to the ECO. 

Section 4.4 has been changed to explain its intended meaning more clearly, which is that the person being conducted must be told about the danger of the CRE, shoe gear and associated exposed live train-mounted equipment and the precautions to apply if it is necessary to go on or near the line or use an authorised walking route.

Optional reading and resources:

Management of Electrical Risk on Electrified Lines

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Consultation Status Closed
Vehicle Assessment No
Supersedes GERT8000-DC Iss 4
Lead Committee Traffic Operation and Management - TOM
Supporting Committee Energy - ENE
Impact Assessments
21 IA15
Supporting Documents GERT8000-RBBL Iss 37 ; GERT8001 Iss 72