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Europcar to introduce security checks for renters

Europcar London vanDrivers renting cars or vans from Europcar may soon be required to undergo security vetting if a provisional proposal gets the green light. The plan comes in the wake of several fatal terror attacks on UK soil in which rental vehicles were utilised by terrorists.

According to the Daily Telegraph, if the proposal comes to fruition renters will have to submit to criminal background checks and their names will also be checked against a list of suspected terrorists. While not confirming an implementation date, Europcar issued a statement saying vetting procedures were of paramount importance.

As part of Europcar’s ongoing security procedures updates, representatives have held frequent dialogues with all concerned agencies to ensure suitable checks are in place. Three terror attacks in London last year in which hire vehicles were used claimed the lives of 14 innocent people and injured another 90.

In all three attacks, the main perpetrators were known to police and had criminal records which would have been disclosed during checks. Khalid Masood used a rental car to mow down pedestrians at Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Masood had a history of violent crime and was said to be a steroid freak, yet was able to easily get hold of the 4×4 used in the attack.

Already cautioned by police for assault, London Bridge attack instigator Khuram Butt hired the van used, although was refused his first choice of a 7.5 tonner by the supply firm. Darren Osborne had a record too before renting the van used to plough into Muslims outside a mosque in the Finsbury Park area of London.

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