Since September 2011 road security has become a concern for governments worldwide and a significant number of measures have been taken to strengthen security in the transport sector both at international and EU level.
The security threat on European roads has become concurrent since drivers; vehicles and cargo are increasingly exploited for criminal activities. The reason why road transport provides an alluring choice for criminals or terrorists is that a large percentage of trucks carry hazardous freight among which it is easy to conceal barred items. Indeed, the transportation of dangerous goods is the most common security threat in Europe even though two Directives have already been adopted in this regard; the carriage of all dangerous goods and the carriage of high consequence dangerous goods. Furthermore, the events of 9/11 and the subsequent terrorist attacks have highlighted an entirely new set of security issues in Europe which are increasingly tackled by the European Union.
The importance of road security is becoming more and more visible, and the European Union is expected to address new policy measures in the near future. CORTE is also extending its work in the Road Security Pillar and, at the initiative of the European Commission, has been leading the Road Cargo Theft Working Group to improve road security.