Railway Law

Railway law is an independent specialist area of legal expertise largely subject to specifications under European law. The legal framework, defined by European guidelines and provisions, the federal railway laws and the railway act, should enable and enhance the opening of the railway market with regard to passenger and freight transport.

Strong regulation by the Austrian competition authority whose adherence is supervised and, if need be, secured by a separate regulatory authority, the “Schienen-Control” arbitration board, protect private railway transport companies from discrimination and arbitrariness through state railway companies.

In addition, severe market access restrictions as well as independent liability regulations for railway traffic are still in place.

Moreover, questions involving competition law between rival railway transport companies require fundamental know-how of special railway-related regulations for enabling proper legal judgment.

B&S Böhmdorfer Schender Rechtsanwälte GmbH possesses qualified expertise in this field of law through several years of advising private railway transport companies.