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Your journey in safe hands: UITP leads new project Safe Bus

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Safe Bus wants to strengthen cooperation in the EU on safety in bus transport

For years, terrorism has been one of the biggest threats facing any public space, and public transport around the world has also withstood attacks.

Safety and security are a top priority for our sector. Our members work tirelessly on ensuring safe travel environments for their passengers: a continual process that should never been taken lightly. Also in bus transport, which is an essential part of our mobility system, ensuring a secure environment should be on the top of the agenda of operators and authorities.

Now, UITP is proud to announce it coordinates Safe Bus, a newly launched EU project aiming to advance safety in bus networks and support the prevention of attacks on the bus network.

Safe Bus will bring around the table special security services and the public transport sector, making sure that all transport providers have access to knowledge about transport safety and emergency procedures. The project will also introduce new training initiatives on the security of public bus transportation systems for both managers and bus drivers, enrich safety procedures and implement ready to use recommended solutions. Furthermore, Safe Bus will contribute to creating joint concepts in the field of security and harmonised standards for public spaces management for European Union countries.

With UITP at the helm, Safe Bus joins four other consortium partners: ARRIVA, the City of Warsaw, CARRIS and ATAC.  The consortium will engage a great number of players from the security and intelligence community across the EU, who will advise on project recommendations and solutions.

The project website will be launched soon, so stay tuned!

The public character and open nature of public transport means that safety and security of passengers are predominant factors in our sector. The power of the Safe Bus project is in cross-sectorial approach, whereby the strengthened cooperation between the bus sector and security community supports valuable knowledge exchange, better application of instruments, and in the end a safer bus landscape.
Carmela Canonico
Safety and Security Manager at UITP

Tech solutions supporting safety in public transport: meet PREVENT PCP

Very much recognising the importance topic of security in public transport, UITP is involved in further research and development around the topic with PREVENT PCP (PRocurEments of innoVativE, advaNced systems to support security in public Transport – Pre-Commercial Procurement).

This project was launched in September 2021 and aims to augment security in public transport through innovative procurement of technological solutions.

PREVENT PCP is hosting an open market consultation from 19-20 January 2021 for interested security providers able to develop surveillance services to detect unattended items in public transport and the potential owners. Through PCP, the project will fund these R&D services and pilot them in several locations.

In addition, anyone interested in offering their expertise in the field of security and networking with other professionals is invited to join the User Observatory Group!

More information on both is available on the PREVENT PCP website.

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