Cable Theft on the Railway

Cable Theft on the Railway

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Last year over 35, 000 journeys were delayed or cancelled due cable theft which also cost Network Rail more than Ap16m. Cable theft from the rail network is part of an increase in metal theft across the country made easy by the way in which stolen metal can be sold to scrap metal dealers. We need urgent reform to improve the audit trail generated by the scrap metal industry so that criminals selling stolen metal into the trade can be identified much more easily. The Committee calls for additional powers for the police to help them in their efforts to combat metal theft. The Government should introduce a new offence of aggravated trespass on the railway to help deter cable thieves. The British Transport Police should be given new powers so that officers can enter both registered and unregistered scrap metal sites along with additional resources to carry out their enforcement workq. The Committee also recommends: i) The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 should be reformed so that individuals selling metal have to provide proof of their identity before a transaction can take place; ii) the Government should test the use of cashless trading in the scrap metal industry; iii) there should be greater clarity around compensation arrangements so that train operators cannot profit from disruption caused by cable theft; iv) Network Rail should develop a costed programme of measures to make cable more difficult to steal and v) the Department for Transport should update the Committee on work being undertaken to help passengers stranded on trains near stations to complete their journeyFourteenth Report of Session 2010-12, Vol. 1: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral ... If the theft is on a busy mainline then they rack up much more quickly than on quieter suburban lines. * Compensation costs (known as schedule 8anbsp;...

Title:Cable Theft on the Railway
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Transport Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2012-01-26


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