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;
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