Counter terrorism course launched for LGV drivers
The Regulatory Body for Workplace Transport Training (RTITB) has launched a new Counterterrorism Measures for the Professional LGV Driver course in response to an increase in vehicle-related terrorist attacks.
The threat level of terrorism in the UK as been set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Security Service (MI5) at ‘severe’ since October, meaning an attack is ‘highly likely’.
One of the key topics covered in the course addresses weapons that can be used by a terrorist, including guns, bombs and even the vehicle itself. LGVs are more easily accessible than guns or bombs which may need to be imported or manufactured. Therefore, through identifying when they are most at risk, such as at night when sleeping in cabs or leaving vehicles unattended, or when driving through ports, drivers taking the new RTITB course will learn preventative steps and techniques to minimise vehicle security risks.
Drivers will also learn what steps they can take in the event of a terrorist incident, covering attacks on site, in their vehicles and in public.
Laura Nelson, managing director for RTITB, said: “Although statistically the risk of incident is relatively low for individual LGV Drivers, in these uncertain times it is important for all drivers to learn how the threat of terrorism affects them, as well as to equip them with the skills and knowledge to help prevent incidents. Professional LGV drivers play such an important role in our logistics and transport sector and it is important to provide comprehensive training to help keep them safe and confident in their workplace.”