Thursday, February 1, 2018

Use of Trucks and Vans in Terrorist Incidents Prompts New London Based On Line Training Resource  

Metropolitan Police Counter Terror Focus Desk Aids with Extended FORS Scheme

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Shipping News Feature UK – The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has launched a new 'Security and Counter Terrorism' online training resource, a new eLearning module following the disturbing rise in the use of commercial vehicles in terrorist-related incidents. Delivered through the dedicated FORS Professional training programme, 'Security and Counter Terrorism' aims to better focus a driver's attention to personal and vehicle security, and to the potential threat of terrorism; specifically, theft of vehicles or loads and the use of vehicles as weapons.

The ‘Security and Counter Terrorism’ module also aims to improve driver identification and the reporting of suspicious activity. Although aimed primarily at van and truck drivers, FORS is also encouraging 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, Counter Terror Focus Desk, Metropolitan Police Road and Transport Policing Command, commented:

“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 security and counter-terrorism eLearning 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 the measures they can be taken to reduce placing themselves or their vehicles at risk of hijack, theft or physical attack
  • Reduce the risks of fuel theft
  • Identify and report suspicious behaviour or activity

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