FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has launched a new security and counter terrorism online training resource.
The introduction of the new eLearning module follows 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 drivers (van and truck), FORS is also encouraging managers and other transport professionals to undertake this potentially life-saving learning tool.
The training module is being launched after fleet operators were warned that they could face a rise in daily rental prices this year as experts warn that insurance costs will increase in response to terror attack pay-outs.
Bob Baillie, commercial director at United Rental Group, told delegates at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) industry outlook conference, that rising costs, particularly in the insurance sector following last year’s terrorist attacks in the UK when hire vehicles were used as a weapon, were one of the biggest challenges for rental companies.
New research from Fleet Source has also revealed that three quarters of commercial drivers want training to deal with terror threat. Fleet Source launched its own counter-terrorism training course for commercial fleets last October.
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, 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 security and counter-terrorism eLearning module as the knowledge gained will help drivers and operators do their bit."
The e-learning 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; and identify and report suspicious behaviour or activity.