International measures to combat terrorism in transport since 11 September 2001 have tended to focus on planes and ships, but governments also need to pay attention to the terrorism risks on roads and railways, European transport ministers said. A declaration adopted by the European Council of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) at their annual meeting in Bucharest in May also said arrangements for transport security should avoid inconsistent security requirements between different types of transport.
A report to ministers on transport security stressed the need for better co-ordination between different modes of transport and between different countries. Ministers asked the ECMT to find ways to combine increased efficiency and security in the transport system with measures to combat terrorism. They suggested examining effective ways of tracking goods along the whole transport chain to avoid inconsistent security requirements. Ministers also agreed to share experiences and best practice in transport security and counter-terrorism.Road safety was also on the agenda, and it was pointed out that over 50,000 lives could be saved on European roads if all countries were able to match the performance of the countries with the best road safety records. Ministers noted a report on Recent Trends in Road Accidents and Policy Issues, which recommended setting up targets for road safety improvement, including a reduction of 50% in the number of deaths in road crashes for all ECMT countries over the next 10 years. Ministers also noted a report which proposes a package of measures to promote a sustainable balance between inland transport modes, adopted a resolution on developing European railways and discussed a report on developing inland waterways.Malta became the 42nd member of the ECMT at the Bucharest meeting.
© OECD Observer No. 233, August 2002