New inquiry: Land transport security. Terms of reference and call for evidence.
The Transport Committee is to conduct an inquiry on land transport security. It is specifically seeking views on the European Commission’s working document on transport security, which was published on 31 May 2012. The Commission’s working document can be viewed online here:
The working document is principally concerned with extending the Commission’s involvement in transport security matters from the aviation and maritime sectors to land transport. The Commission does not bring forward any legislative proposals, but it does suggest areas for consideration, some of which could lead to recommendations for legislation at a later stage.
The questions that the Committee will seek to address are set out below:
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of current land transport security arrangements in the UK?
- Is there a need for further EU involvement in land transport security issues, as set out in the working document?
- What would be the positive and negative impacts of potential proposals arising from the working document?
- Beyond the areas considered in the working document, are there other ways in which land transport security, both in the UK and across Europe, should be improved?
Written evidence would be welcome on these issues from any individual or organisation potentially affected by, or with a view on, the Commission’s proposals. We would be grateful to receive written submissions by Monday 7 January 2013.
The Committee’s inquiry has arisen from a request by the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee for a formal Opinion on this matter. The European Scrutiny Committee’s report can be viewed online here: