Terrorism and Vehicles: Maximize safety to minimize risk

  • Terrorism and Vehicles: Maximize safety to minimize risk

There's no doubt that the use of vehicles is proving popular with groups seeking to harm those who fail to subscribe to their view of the world. The trend, sadly, seems set to continue.

However, in response to the ongoing threat there's plenty of work being done to address security issues. For example when you hire a vehicle in a year or two you might find that you're required to add extra information on the booking form, much like you do before you take a flight.

It might also be that the UK authorities look at the example from the US, where you can't collect a vehicle for 24 hours from the point of booking, presumably to allow background checks on the person hiring it. So it's likely that when you hire a commercial vehicle you'll need to add-in some additional forward planning....

You'll also notice a few more barriers and street architecture around the towns and cities of the UK. As a result of a review into the incidents involving cars and pavements the authorities are doing much to improve the safety of pedestrians.

Following a recent meeting with a member of the UK Police Counter-Terrorism Unit I thought about the issue of vehicles being used as weapons and in particular what fleet operators could do to minimise the risk of being inadvertently involved in an act of terrorism. It's then that I realised it's not just about terrorism but also potential theft of vehicles and / or goods and the safety of your people.

Here's some things to consider;

  • Do you check the references and experience of drivers as part of your recruitment strategy? Remember it's not all about qualifications...
  • Do have any security to stop people wandering on to site?
  • Do you know what vehicles are scheduled to enter and leave your premises?
  • Where do you load the vehicle? Be sure you know who's watching...
  • Lock, Check, Secure. Use the mantra to ensure that vehicles, equipment, keys and portable devices are safe and in the right place
  • You might know, but what about the drivers? Make sure you share the message about security, whether that's policies, procedures, equipment or risk management
  • Think about lone workers. Drivers often spend time away from base so make sure they have access to emergency contact numbers, a safe and secure place to sleep or rest and a pre-determined route so they know where to stop
  • Consider delivery times and the relationship between the hours of darkness and higher risk of vehicle theft or robbery. Can you do the delivery in daylight and take a slightly smaller margin on the load?

At Transformotion we can help you to enhance your systems and procedures to maximise safety and minimise risk. Get in touch to see how we can help you and your drivers.