Coaching Vehicle census is conducted as and when, the directives are received from Railway Board. Prior to conducting a coaching vehicle census, CPTM holds a meeting and instructs the census officials. The month, date time of census is notified to all the staff involving in census. Unlike, goods wagon census, coaching vehicles census is not laborious, as the vehicles are generally run in rakes and they are keenly monitored daily. A Cardex system in the coaching cabinet was a method to monitor the movement of individual coaches. After full implementation of COIS, the monitoring of the movement of coaches will be further made easy.

All the staff involved in the census duties are to be briefed about their responsibilities. A mock census has to be conducted on the nominated day prior to the official census. The lacunae in the mock drill are to be identified and corrected. During the enumeration each vehicle should be stenciled by a census symbol of equilateral of six inches each side in white colour at extreme left of the vehicles on both sides. A representative of mechanical branch also involved to identify the mechanical code of the wagons. Each railway should update the list of the condemned vehicles after the last census was held, with necessary details, well before the census. The census timings are to be followed strictly.

Advantages in coaching vehicle census:

a) To know the location of loading vehicles and their status.
b) To identify and take them to the maintenance depot in case the coaches have become due for POH and other repairs.
c) To identify the area where excessive holding exist, which leads to coaching yard congestion.
d) To compare the requirements with that of allotment and to suggest better supply.
e) To compile the utilisation statistics and to see the viability for future utilisation.
f) For introduction of new coaching trains.

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