Press Release

BVRLA promotes vigilance across vehicle rental sector in fight against terrorism

Release Date: 
04/06/2018

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) welcomes the Home Secretary’s announcement that there will be more counter-terrorism resources and increased intelligence-sharing to help with early detection of terrorists.

The trade body, whose members are collectively responsible for almost five million vehicles on UK roads, has been working closely and more frequently with law enforcement organisations and government to identify and agree tactics to reduce the risk following the spate of terrorist attacks in 2017 where rental vehicles were used as ramming weapons.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “Our sector has always taken security very seriously and the BVRLA has long-established processes in place to share information on the latest security threats and best practice, and we continue to work with Government to explore ways of how we can share data more effectively.

”We welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement today of more intelligence sharing and increased counter terrorism resources.  Our sector remains committed to working closely with government agencies to report suspicious activity and as the leading trade body in this area we have increased the amount of training available. But our members and their employees cannot be expected to do the job of law enforcement, which is a government function requiring specialist skills.

“We are working hard to increase awareness across the sector of the threat of terrorism and have recently developed a series of training resources available free-of-charge to both members and non-members. The training tools have been designed to be delivered in-house by non-experts to those operating in the daily rental sector.”

The BVRLA recently published a report, Vehicles as weapons: a threat and policy assessment for the UK vehicle rental sector, produced in partnership with International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which assesses the impact of terrorism on the rental sector.

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Notes to editors:
The full suite of counter-terrorism training resources and the 32-Page Vehicles as weapons report can be accesses here via the BVRLA website.