Westminster Attack – 1 Year On

On the 22nd March 2017 at 2.40pm a rented 4×4 vehicle, driven at around 76 miles per hour, ploughed into pedestrians as it mounted the pavement on the south side of the Westminster Bridge, causing multiple casualties. The perpetrator, Khalid Masood was subsequently shot dead inside Parliament Square.

The attack from start to finish lasted just 82 seconds.

5 people were killed and a further 50 sustained injuries.

Prime Minister, Theresa May has since stated that the UK is “experiencing a new trend in the threat we face…as perpetrators…copy one and other, often using the crudest of means of attack”.

The Westminster vehicle attack provided a watershed moment in highlighting the changing terrorist threat to the UK.

Unfortunately, since the attack in Westminster, we have seen a trend develop across Europe as vehicular terrorist events have occurred in Stockholm, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Barcelona, to add to the truck attacks in Berlin and Nice in 2016.

Many of those events have seen commercial vehicles targeted and utilised to cause maximum damage and injury.

The current threat UK terror threat level is Severe, which means an attack is highly likely; highlighting the serious threat to the commercial vehicle industry and the general public.

So, what have we learned in the past year?

A forensics tent on Westminster Bridge in London, after seven people were arrested in raids in London, Birmingham and elsewhere linked to the Westminster terror attack.

The knock-on effect of the Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks has seen a significant behavioural change within the UK road transport industry.

In January 2018, new research revealed that 87% of commercial drivers and operators saw terrorism as a potential threat to themselves and their vehicles.

A further 74% of drivers expressed that they had been offered little-to-no training to assist them in protecting their vehicle against the risks of hijacking or theft.

Fleet Source developed the Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) suite of products in direct response to the heightened threat of vehicular terrorism to the road transport industry.

It offers preventative training and guidance to fleet operators and drivers to help mitigate the risks within their operation.

With a comprehensive range of solutions available, including Driver CPC training (7 hour and 3.5 hour module), Manager training, and a Policies and Procedures pack; which includes 6 Toolbox Talks, Fleet Source has addressed what it believes was a moral obligation to the industry to provide the necessary and industry-critical tools to help transport operators effectively manage the terrorism risk to their vehicles.

For more information on TRIP training for your fleet, visit fleetsource.co.uk/driver-training/trip/

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