August 23, 2017 at 4:51 PM
British Drivers could now face extra checks when it comes to renting cars and vans the Government has stated. This is due to recent terror attacks across England and Europe, and it mat help in some way to ensure that drivers aren't extermists who are planning on hiring a vehicle to commit terror atrosites.
Government officials are concerned about the ability to stop the increased level of vehicle attacks like those witnessed in Barcelona, Spain, as well as the London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks, France and Germany.
One of the options to combat these incidents would be if car rental companies were to share drivers' data with the Government, so before a vehicle would be released for hire the data could then be checked thoroughly against a terrorist watch list.
The Department for Transport is also working with the vehicle rental companies and the police to futher look into what can be done to prevent the use to hire vehicles for malicious purposes.
They will be looking into what rental companies could do to prevent a vehicle being hired straight before an indivdual is checked.
The guidance for armed police has also been improved for officers to have the option to shoot at a moving vehicle should the person inside the vehicle be posing a threat to civilians.
Previously it was thought as too dangerous and would increase risk to the public, but protocol has been revised so police can fire at a moving vehicle and is now an accepted tactic for terror attacks.