The British Standards Institution (BSI) recently published – PAS 2900:2021 ‘Commercially Operated Vehicles – Framework for Mitigating Security Risks from Malicious Use – Specification’ (May 2021). This publication has strong relevance to other countries.

This PAS (Publicly Available Specification) was sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.

Vehicles have and will continue to be used to commit crime, for example to ram crowds, deliver explosives or to breach perimeters.

The Scope of this PAS states (in part) ‘This PAS specifies requirements for the process of identifying, implementing and maintaining security measures to reduce the risk of commercially operated vehicles being used in acts of terrorism and other forms of serious and organized crime, including drug operations and vehicle and cargo theft as well as undesirable actions such as anti-social behaviour’.

This publication reminds commercial vehicle operators and owners of facilities that use commercial vehicle services (such as manufacturing facilities, distribution centres and public malls) that a vehicle-borne attack may not be an act of terrorism but for another motive, for example theft or personal revenge.

PAS 2900:2021 provides valuable advice that should also be considered in broader security risk management contexts, such as developing a security management plan.

This document comes with caveats including that it can be withdrawn, revised, partially superseded, or superseded. Always seek current advice from trusted subject matter experts.

Outside of Britain, PAS 2900:2021 should be considered in conjunction with legislation, codes of practice, standards, and government advice of the jurisdiction.

PAS 2900:2021 ‘Commercially Operated Vehicles – Framework for Mitigating Security Risks from Malicious Use – Specification’.

Suggested related reading – the terrorist forecast for Australia.

Happy to discuss.  Stay safe.

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Posted: 4 June 2021

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