Department for Transport releases security guidance for countering vehicle terrorism

Department for Transport releases security guidance for countering vehicle terrorism

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released guidance titled ‘Countering vehicle as a weapon: best practice guidance for goods vehicle operators and drivers’ to help mitigate the threat of goods vehicles being used as a weapon.

The guidance sets out steps that drivers and operators should take to improve security and help ensure the safety of their drivers as well as the public. The document contains a security checklist which provides tips and advice for drivers on how to combat the threat of their vehicles being stolen and used in a terrorist attack.

To help members meet Bronze requirement ‘O7 Counter terrorism’ operators are encouraged to use the guidance in conjunction with the free FORS  Counter Terrorism Toolkit.

FORS’s award-winning eLearning module ‘Security and Counter Terrorism’ was commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) in 2017 in response to the rise of commercial vehicles used in terrorist-related incidents. Since its launch in 2018, over 89,000 individuals have completed the 20-minute online training course. Under version 5 of the FORS Standard, members must complete the eLearning module every 24 months.