Railway safety levy consultation

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We sought views on a standard format for the submission of railway service providers’ financial information to us for safety levy apportionment purposes.

Our health and safety regulation activities are funded by the railway safety levy, introduced through the Railway Safety Levy Regulations 2006. In line with these Regulations, railway service providers (RSPs) have an obligation to pay a share of the safety levy annually.

The format in which we requested and accepted financial information from RSPs in order to apportion the levy was not defined by the Regulations or by our current guidance. In order to ensure that the safety levy was calculated consistently and transparently across all RSPs, we provided a proforma request for relevant turnover, which we expected all RSPs to complete and return to us with the appropriate level of certification, as required by the Regulations. We consulted on the content of the proforma.

This review was undertaken within the existing legal framework. We are not proposing to make any changes to the Regulations themselves.


We have now published our conclusions, and will be requesting financial information from railway service providers and providing new guidance in the week commencing 26 September 2016.