Security first: UITP signs new MOU with the Dubai Department of Transport Security and RTA

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It is safe to say that safety and security are a top priority for the public transport industry - our members work endlessly on ensuring safe travel environments for their passengers.

We are therefore proud to announce that UITP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dubai Department of Transport Security (DTS) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Both members of UITP, the Department of Transport Security is responsible for ensuring the security of the public transport system in Dubai, while RTA is responsible for the development, operation and management of the city’s public transport.

In 2012, UITP and RTA developed a partnership to establish the Middle East and North Africa Center for Transport Excellence (UITP MENA CTE) in Dubai to be a hub - internationally recognised - in the field of urban transportation research and capacity building in the Middle East and North Africa.

Under the new MOU, the parties will collaborate to advance the public transport security agenda in the MENA region and assess and identify high priority public transport issues most relevant for MENA. It also establishes the first transport security committee for developing the transportation security sector in MENA; a region currently witnessing some mega public transport projects. The committee will cater to improving the skills of personnel in the sector by exposing them to advanced programmes to ensure the highest levels of safety and security of various public transport riders. Furthermore, a capacity-building programme at the MENA CTE to focus on all aspects of public transport security based on international best practices will be established, supported by qualified experts.

Ensuring security in public transport is a continual process that should never been taken lightly. To this end, UITP earlier this year has entered into PREVENT, a new EU-funded project that aims to fight terrorism in public transport. The PREVENT project focuses on pre-empting attacks in public transport by enabling earlier detection of terrorists and potentially dangerous objects, tracking of detected individuals or situations and coordinating the response of security forces. You can find out more about this important project on its website.

In 2020, UITP is organising a training on public transport security and risk assessment in Singapore (14-16/09/2020). More information about this training can be found here.

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