Counter-Terrorism Policing joins forces with Department for Transport to reduce risk of rental vehicles being used as weapons in acts of terror

The National Counter-Terrorism Security Office has announced that Counter-Terrorism Policing is joining forces with the Department for Transport to reduce the risk of rental vehicles being used as weapons in acts of terror. The new Rental Vehicle Security Scheme is voluntary and open to all UK hire firms who offer both long and short-term rentals to consumers.

The Rental Vehicle Security Scheme requires participating companies to meet a set of requirements included in a ten-point Code of Practice, which includes a commitment to lawfully share data and information with law enforcement, train staff to identify and report suspicious behaviour, appoint a recognised security contact and only accept electronic payment for all or part of the transaction

Counter-Terrorism Policing’s national co-ordinator for protective security, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth, said: “The police works closely with Government, local authorities and businesses to look for new and innovative new ways of keeping people safe. Officers from the Counter-Terrorism Policing network have been working with industry and Government to support the development of a security culture within the vehicle hire industry.”

Aldworth continued: “The introduction of the Rental Vehicle Security Scheme shows a real commitment by industry to increase the levels of security awareness, promote the reporting of suspicious behaviours, enhance security checks and encourage support for law enforcement activity against crime and terrorism across the industry. This can only be a positive development when it comes to helping keep people safe.”

Companies are now encouraged to apply and sign up to the scheme.

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