A security and counter terrorism training resource has been launched by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.
The online eLearning module follows the rise in the use of commercial vehicles by terrorists in the UK, Europe and around the world.
Security and Counter Terrorism is delivered through the dedicated FORS Professional training programme and aims to focus drivers' attention to personal and vehicle security and the threat of terrorism. Specifically, it focuses on the theft of vehicles or loads and the use of vehicles as weapons.
The module also aims to improve driver identification and the reporting of suspicious activity.
Although aimed primarily at van and truck drivers, FORS also wants managers and other transport professionals to undertake this potentially life-saving learning tool.
The FORS Professional eLearning module is produced with the full support of, and in conjunction with, Transport for London (TfL), the Department for Transport (DfT), the Metropolitan Police, High Speed 2 and the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Wayne Watling, from the Counter Terror Focus Desk at the Metropolitan Police Road and Transport Policing Command, said: 'The threat to the UK from terrorism is high and it is important that drivers and operators report anything suspicious to the police as soon as possible.
'I was keen to be involved in the development of this important module as the knowledge gained will help drivers and operators do their bit'
The Security and Counter Terrorism eLearning module is free to access for FORS members as part of their FORS membership and takes approximately 20-minutes to complete online. Users will learn a number of aspects of security and counter terrorism, including how to:
- Identify the various threats posed by terrorism
- Become more aware of vehicle security
- Understand how to reduce the risk of hijack, theft or physical attack
- Reduce the risks of fuel theft
- Identify and report suspicious behaviour or activity