Fleet Source, a provider of training and auditing services for the road transport industry, has announced the launch of the UK’s first Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention suite of products and training services named ‘TRIP’, specifically designed for commercial fleet operators.

TRIP to educate on risks of terrorism

In response to the recent escalation of VAAW (Vehicle as a Weapon) terrorism-related incidents, Fleet Source has developed a suite of counter-terrorism related products and training services to support fleet operators in managing and reducing the risks to the industry from terrorism, in particular the risks associated with commercial vehicles being used in terrorist attacks.

TRIP has been designed so that commercial fleet operators, managers and drivers can be educated on the risks of terrorism, the nature of the threats that they may face and a range of safety precautions they should implement to significantly reduce the possibilities of their vehicle being hijacked or stolen and used in a terrorist incident.

Taking steps to prevent VAAW

“Terrorists are opportunists, they know that using an HGV as a weapon could maximise death and injury. Following the recent major VAAW (Vehicle as a Weapon) incidents and with the UK being on a severe level of terrorist alert, we believed that Fleet Source had an obligation to the industry and the general public to invest in a dedicated set of solutions to help address this important issue,” said Nick Caesari, Managing Director at Fleet Source.

“With over 35% of our work force being from a military and policing background, with many having extensive counter-terrorism experience, we felt that we were perfectly positioned to help educate fleet operators, managers and drivers in taking the necessary precautions and to make sure they are doing absolutely everything possible to prevent their vehicle from being hijacked or stolen and used as a weapon in an attack. Safety and protecting lives is a part of our day job, and the TRIP suite is a natural extension of what we at Fleet Source provide,” Caesari concluded.

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TRIP products and services

“Having worked with Fleet Source on a number of programmes around driver engagement and safety, we have put forward delegates for the initial sessions,” said Graham Bellman, Group Fleet Director, Travis Perkins. “With a large UK-based fleet, we are keen to keep our drivers informed and aware of the many situations they may face as a part of their role,” Bellman concluded.

The TRIP products and services that will be initially available are as follows: -

  • TRIP Driver CPC Training – The first dedicated 7-hour driver CPC approved training course covering terrorism risk & incident prevention, designed for all commercial fleet drivers, providing them with the knowledge, tools and understanding of today’s terrorist threat and the precautions they need to take with regards to mitigating the risk of their vehicles being stolen or hi-jacked and used as a weapon in a terrorist attack. 
  • TRIP Manager Training - The first dedicated 3.5-hour manager training course covering terrorism risk & incident prevention providing fleet managers with the knowledge, tools and understanding of counter-terrorism best practice within fleet operations, counter-terrorism law, and security arrangements and procedures, to help them mitigate and reduce the risks of terrorism across their fleet operation.

  • TRIP Policy & Procedure Pack – The first dedicated set of comprehensive policies, procedures & tool box talks to support fleet operators in embedding a robust counter-terrorism strategy into the heart of their day-to-day operations.

British Red Cross fund

Following the terror attacks in Manchester and London, the British Red Cross has set up the UK Solidarity Fund to support those affected by these events and similar events in the future in the UK. Fleet Source will be donating £25 for every TRIP Policy & Procedure Pack sold to this fund.

Fleet Source are also offering fully funded places to fleet operators on the TRIP Driver CPC Training courses, across major cities in the UK (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle). TRIP will not only give drivers the information they need to keep themselves, their vehicle and others around them safe, it will also provide attendees with 7 hours accredited DCPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) training.

“As one of the market leaders in fleet training and auditing, we felt we had a moral obligation to provide a funded driver training programme, providing free DCPC training for up to 2,400 drivers. We are doing our part, as we feel everyone should, in working together to help reduce the risks from terrorism and protect the British public,” Caesari concluded.

The US and European launch is set for 2018.

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