Public transport systems are the backbone of urban mobility, every day they
are used by a high number of passengers. By their nature, public transport systems
are open and fully accessible. The large geographical spread of public transport
networks is difficult to monitor, therefore they provide potential spots for
Developments and trends
Recent incidents, such as the attacks in London and Madrid, show that public
transport systems are vulnerable and potential targets also for terrorists.
Although the prevention of crime and terrorist activities as such is the prime
responsibility of governments, the public transport sector also has to make concerted
efforts to protect its passengers and infrastructure.
The combination of design and technology, staff skills and awareness can essentially
contribute to make public transport systems more secure.
Because 100% protection of public transport systems is not realistic, emergency
responding preparedness is necessary to minimize destabilisation and consolidate
crisis and incident management skills.
The effectiveness of responders can make the difference in limiting the severity
of damages and number of casualties.
See the UITP Commission on Security
Public Transport International Magazine January-February 2010 - Security
in Public Transport
the Right Balance
Risk Assessment in PT Networks - Guidelines for Users
a new security approach
The Montreal Declaration - Joint CUTA-UITP Security Declaration on the Importance
of Conducting Security Risk Assessment in Public Transit Systems, 11 November
2009, Montreal, Canada.
See the full declaration
Co-operation crucial to keep public transport safe from terrorists, OSCE and
UITP workshop concludes
Security in public transport - 2nd International Security Study Tour organised
Security in Public Transport: Visit to public transport networks in Washington
Security in Public Transport: Study Tour organised by the International Association
of Public Transport in the United States
Public transport and anti-terrorism security: UITP has presented its actions
One year after Madrid, the International Association of Public Transport
has moved to tackle terrorism in public transport by launching a permanent security
See the full declaration
European working group to be set up to fight insecurity in public transport
UITP members: check the calendar of internal meetings here
20-22 November 2013, Hamburg, Germany
|Security risk assessment training programme
4-6 December 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Details to follow in due course.
Contact: Sarah Foulon
UITP Commission on Security
Missions and issues List
of members Working groups Information
Missions and Issues
The Security Commission (SecCom) began as the Security Group in 2004 and was
formally approved as a Commission in 2006. The SecCom gathers members
from around the world and is the UITP members’ forum for professional
discussions on all issues regarding Public Transport Security (PTS), including
technological, operational and management aspects. It does not specifically
discuss safety issues. It is the working body central to all PTS related
activities. It is the reference point to a wider network which gathers representatives
of UITP members involved in PTS operation (PTS network). The SecCom seeks
to study, assess and promote innovative operation and technology for enhanced
The SecCom implements UITP’s overall strategy and objectives on PTS in
agreement with the UITP Policy Board. It is responsible for co-ordinating,
planning and following-up PTS related activities which are carried out by its
own working groups and guiding of working groups set up by other UITP working
bodies. It represents UITP’s position in the framework of externally funded
Currently, UITP is the Coordinator of COUNTERACT, a European Project under the
sixth framework programme. The SecCom acts as the ‘Public Transport
Thematic User Group’ in this project with the role of guiding and endorsing
the research carried out in the project. Read more about COUNTERACT
The Chairman of the SecCom is Thomas Kritzer, Wiener Linien.
List of members
See the list of members
- Public Transport Security in stations
- Security questionnaire
- CCTV Working Group
Information for members
The Terms of Reference of UITP Divisions and Commissions are
only available to UITP members. Please enter your login and password here and
click on the section ‘Working bodies’ in the menu.
Preparing Public Transport
Systems for Pandemics
In 2007, due to the threat of an avian influenza pandemic, the UITP Security
Commission compiled a report on the role of public transport operators in the
event of a pandemic, and how they prepare to face the problem.
The report is being made available
as a reference document.
Since 2007, many of the operators who feature in the report have updated or
further developed their plans. For more information, please contact Lindsey
Download the report (PDF)