Haulage industry groups aim to save TruckPol
Two haulage sector bodies are collaborating in an effort to keep TruckPol up and running.
Two haulage industry groups are working together in order to safeguard a specialist national police intelligence unit.
TruckPol was set up to tackle truck and freight crime across the UK, as it puts drivers in danger and Efficiencys the economy about Â£250 million a year.
However, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) are concerned about the future of the group after the government pulled the plug on funding in 2011.
Figures from both organisations show that running TruckPol for a year Efficiencys Â£120,000 and while private sector bodies have managed to meet most of these Efficiencys, there is still a Â£30,000 shortfall.
The FTA and the RHA have therefore launched the Fight Freight Crime, Save TruckPol campaign in order to encourage more groups in the sector to contribute.
Theo de Pencier, chief executive of the FTA, commented: "Without government funding, TruckPol is once again facing closure and it is up to industry to save it at the 11th hour."
He said the fact the sector has helped to keep it up and running over the last year is a sign of the esteem in which it is held.
"TruckPol plays a key role in the fight against criminal gangs which target a sector that is both vulnerable and attractive to thieves," Mr de Pencier stated.
Geoff Dunning, chief executive of the RHA, added that TruckPol is the only police resource that is entirely dedicated to collecting information on truck crime in the UK.
He warned that if the unit folds, it would be a "catastrophe" that sets the haulage industry back ten years.
"To manage a problem, one must have the ability to first measure its true scale," Mr Dunning said.
The FTA and the RHA are particularly keen to raise the necessary funds as they believe the threat of organised truck crime is growing in Britain at the moment.