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Pronto Hire: Welsh Businesses Continue to Protect Themselves Against Terrorism


This article has been submitted by Pronto

In recent months, the vehicle hire industry in Wales has had to protect themselves, with some major global terrorist attacks being carried out using rental vans and cars. Seeing many innocent companies being caught up in such disasters, businesses in the sector are having to revising procedures, going to great lengths to work in a preventative manner.

Pronto Hire, a vehicle hire firm based in Caerphilly, is just one company aiming to avoid such threats, working hard to build a network of confident, happy customers.

Investing further in security and customer checks, this new focus follows various events; one being a terror attack that took place in London. The attack unfolded on 19th June 2017 when a rental van from South Wales was driven into pedestrians in Finsbury Park, London, injuring at least eight people.

Leaving the rental company “shocked and saddened” by the news, many campaigns have been formed to encourage tougher vetting on renters, wanting to protect civilians and businesses alike.

Naunton Dickins of Pronto Hire says:  

“Whilst we do everything we can to vet our customers in terms of their suitability to hire, once they drive away we have no control over their actions.  Using a van as “a weapon of mass destruction” is a nightmare scenario particularly when your brand and logo become international headline news. With attacks involving rental vehicles taking place in Nice, Barcelona, London and most recently in Toronto, businesses like us have had to actively protect ourselves.”

“You think being this far away from the action it’s not going to involve your business but just shows you cannot be too careful. We are taking extra precautions on the advice of BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) and our insurers to make sure that all the identity checks are done properly and anyone hiring a vehicle should be sensitive to this.”

Specialising in van, car and motorhome rentals, this modern brand joins many other Welsh companies having to protect themselves from terrorist threats. Displaying a need for unity in the Welsh business community, Pronto Hire plan to keep such themes at the forefront of the day-to-day running of their business.