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… are the companies that participate jointly and actively in the public railway safety promotion efforts in Estonia, value each human life and try to prevent tragic events on the railway.

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PRESS RELEASE! The railway safety campaign Let the train pass! You’re expected home for Christmas.

PRESS RELEASE! The railway safety campaign Let the train pass! You’re expected home for Christmas. On Monday 05 December, the traditional railway safety campaign Let the train pass! You are expected home for Christmas, will start, which aims to remind people of the need to be very attentive when crossing the railway during the busy…

Report of the railway accidents investigated in 2021

During the year the Safety Investigation Bureau received 8 verbal accident notifications of accidents. This does not include known suicides or suicide attempts which, as premeditated acts by one of the parties, are not classed as accidents. In addition, a verbal initial notification was received of 5 incidents which were all track breakages. Of the accidents, 4 were level crossing accidents, the rest were classified by individual cases.

Report of the railway accidents investigated in 2015

Preface to the report Pursuant to the European Parliament and Council Railway Safety Directive 2004/49/EC safety investigations into railway accidents have been carried out in Estonia since 31 March 2004. On 1 January 2012 safety investigations of the three different transport sectors were centralised into a unified Safety Investigation Bureau, a unit of the Ministry…

Press release! ILCAD 2016

Launch by UIC, LDz and OLE of the 8th edition of ILCAD, International Level Crossing Awareness Day, 10 June in Riga (Latvia), 11 June 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia)   (Paris/Riga/Tallinn, 9 June 2016) On 10 and 11 June, the UIC, the worldwide railway association, the international rail community and many partners from the road sector as well…

PRESS RELEASE New guidelines on level crossing safety to help save lives!

(Geneva/Tallinn/Paris, 3 May 2016) IRU, the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Operation Lifesaver Estonia (OLE) published a Level Crossing Safety flyer on 3 May 2016 to raise awareness of professional drivers and reduce related accidents at this key interface between road and rail infrastructure.  Using a level crossing is safe as long as users…


NPO Operation Lifesaver Estonia (OLE) dealing with railway safety with its cooperation partners remind again to our fellow citizens that everybody should be vigilant while crossing railways and make sure that there are no trains approaching. OLE leads the campaign already for 12th time and this year it is organised between December 15 and 26. The…

ILCAD 2015 – Take your time, don’t risk your life!

Press release: Launch by UIC and TCDD of the 7th edition of ILCAD, International Level Crossing Awareness Day, 3 June 2015, Istanbul, Turkey (Paris, 2 June 2015)– On 3 June, the UIC, the international rail community and many partners from the road sector as well as a number of international institutions will be holding the…

Golden Level Crossing Gates 2015

Press Release OLE’s gratitude event “Golden Level Crossing Gates 2015” recognised the work of persons and organisations involved in promoting railway safety. On Wednesday, 29 April 2015, was held another “Golden Level Crossing Gates” event that acknowledged the efforts of organisations and persons in the field of railway safety. The honorary medals and letters of…

Railway Safety Week 2015

Press Release: The railway safety campaign “Take off your headphones and let the train pass!“ reminds people that wearing headphones while crossing railways makes you considerably less attentive to what is happening around you. The nation-wide railway safety week will be held in Estonia on April 27 – May 3, 2015 with the message “Take…

Railway safety campaign “Get OFF THE BIKE, remove your HEADPHONES and Let the train pass!

On June 23-30, 2014 will be organised the nation-wide railway safety campaign “Get OFF THE BIKE, remove your HEADPHONES and Let the train pass!” that is targeted to bicyclists and pedestrians wearing headphones. “The bicyclists are often drivers who use their advantage of moving on cycle and pedestrian tracks, forgetting that bicyclists can cross railways…

Traffic signs at level crossings / passive regulative tools

  • 111. Railway level crossing equipped with gates.
  • 112. Railway level crossing without gates.
  • 121. Single-track railway line.
  • 122. Multiple-track railway line. Warning at railway level crossing without gates.
  • 123–128. Railway level crossing ahead. Additional warning before a railway level crossing. The number of inclined stripes reduces when approaching railway line. The stripes are inclined towards road.
  • 222. Stop and let pass. The driver is obliged to stop in front of stop line or before the start of crossing road if no such line exists. In other places (close to railway line) in front of the sign.