Online training in security and counter terrorism has been made available by FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme.

The new eLearnng module, delivered through the FORS Professional training programme, aims to better focus a driver’s attention on personal and vehicle security, and the potential threat of terrorism, with specific regard to the theft of vehicles or loads and the use of vehicles as weapons.

The module also aims to improve driver identification and the reporting of suspicious activity.

The module is free to access for FORS members, and takes around 20 minutes to complete.

Although aimed primarily at drivers, FORS is also encouraging managers and other transport professionals to take the module, which has been produced with Transport for London, the Department for Transport, the Metropolitan Police, High Speed 2 and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Wayne Watling of the counter terror focus desk at Metropolitan Police roads and transport policing command said: “The threat to the UK from terrorism is high and it is important that drivers and operators report anything suspicious to the police as soon as possible.

“I was keen to be involved in the development of this important security and counter-terrorism eLearning module, as the knowledge gained will help drivers and operators ‘do their bit’.”

Those who take the module will learn a number of aspects of security and counter terrorism, including how to: Identify the various threats posed by terrorism; become more aware of vehicle security; understand the measures they can take to reduce placing themselves or their vehicles at risk of hijack, theft or physical attack; reduce the risk of fuel theft; and identify and report suspicious behaviour or activity.