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Government ducks issue of freight crime intelligence provision

  • 29 May 2013
  • By Chris Druce

The government has ruled out stepping-in to help resurrect Truckpol, despite on going delays and confusion over who will ultimately report freight crime in England.

In its newly published response to the Transport Select Committee’s 11th Land Security Report, the government said freight crime was ultimately the responsibility of individual police forces.

It did however conceed that the intelligence provided previously by defunct Truckpol had been valuable in supporting efforts to tackle freight crime.

In its stament it added: “The government understands that the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) is currently considering options for analysing future freight crime intelligence. The industry also has an important role to play in ensuring that any new system is effective.

Earlier this month Commercial Motor reported that AVCIS might expand its current remit beyond cars to tackle criminal activity involving LGVs, effectively setting up a rival service to Truckpol.

The proposed rebirth of Truckpol in April was put on hold after uncertainty over how it was to be funded, although it seems that hauliers will have to pay to access the service either way.

Subsequently, the Road Haulage Association has been talking to its members to find a way forward, and is due to report back to the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau shortly. The bureau will oversee the new intelligence service as part its English Resillience Hub.

It has been suggested the emergence of AVCIS, which only had its future secured itself last year, could now threaten Truckpol’s return.


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