Attacks on the public involving commercial vehicles have had tragic consequences in recent years, including the Westminster and London Bridge attacks of 2017. The British Standards Institute, sponsored by the Department for Transport, has therefore developed a new standard (which came into effect on 31 May 2021) and associated guidance document designed to reduce the risk of commercial vehicles, including lorries, buses and coaches from being used as weapons in acts of terrorism and other forms of serious and organized crime or anti-social behaviour.
Industry stakeholders have contributed to the creation of the standard. Among them are the Confederation of Passenger Transport, RHA, the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme and the Traffic Commissioners.
The document sets out best practice for the implementation of measures that are aimed to thwart such an incident. This includes:
A voluntary accreditation scheme for operators that comply with the standard is also due to be launched.
You can find the document here. For an further information contact our Regulatory department on 01254 828300.