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Department for Transport issues counter-terrorism guidance for goods vehicle operators and drivers

by Brian Sims

The Department for Transport has just issued brand new guidance specifically designed to prevent terrorists from gaining access to commercial vehicles.

In the last five years, changes in attack methodology have placed greater emphasis on simplicity and ease of access, meaning that – along with knives – commercial vehicles have become one of the deadliest weapons used by terrorists across Europe.

The UK suffered the devastating effects of this change of methodology in 2017 when vehicles were used in three of the five attacks which took place in London and Manchester, claiming seven lives in the process.

In the wake of these horrific incidents, the Department for Transport worked alongside security experts from Counter-Terrorism Policing to create an industry-specific guidance document designed to assist transport businesses, operators, managers and drivers mitigate the threat of their vehicles being used in an attack.

The guidance covers all aspects of vehicle and site security, including a handy ten-point checklist for vehicle security for commercial drivers which will help prevent crime and acts of terrorism, protect an organisation’s reputation and, ultimately, help to safeguard members of the public.

*Access Countering Vehicle-as-a-Weapon: Best Practice Guidance for Goods Vehicle Operators and Drivers

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