The standard, developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and sponsored by the Department for Transport, is intended to prevent criminals and terrorists from accessing commercial vehicles.
Vehicles have been targeted for use in attacks on the public in recent years, including in the Westminster and London Bridge attacks of 2017. The new guidance is designed to minimize the risk of similar tragic events from happening again and encourages commercial vehicle operators to improve knowledge of potential risks and develop rigorous security plans.
Other requirements will include checks of drivers’ references and previous employment history and also regular visual checks of vehicles for signs of tampering. To support this, the Government is working with the industry to develop accreditation and certification schemes for commercial vehicle firms, with further details to be announced in due course.
Read the article at Fleet World.