DfT issues new guidance to help prevent terrorists accessing commercial vehicles

DfT issues new guidance to help prevent terrorists accessing commercial vehicles

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued new guidance designed to prevent terrorists getting access to commercial vehicles.

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

Vehicles were used in three of the five attacks which took place in London and Manchester in 2017– claiming seven lives.

In the wake of these attacks, the DfT has worked alongside security experts from Counter Terrorism Policing to create an industry-specific guidance document to help 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 10-point checklist for vehicle security for commercial drivers – which could help prevent crime and acts of terrorism and protect an organisation’s reputation.