As the airport police, our priority is the safety and security of all users of the airport.  While this most certainly includes your drivers they have a far more important role to play as regular users of the airport and we are keen to develop a good working relationship so that we can benefit from their knowledge and observations while they are here.

The terminals are a particular concern because they are a focal point for large numbers of people at all times of the day and night.

Some of your drivers will know first hand the devastating potential of a vehicle borne explosive device as was seen at the Arndale centre which is why we are very focused on the road system, particularly around these locations.

Key messages within this are:

1 Vehicles MUST NOT be left unattended at any time within the airport other than in a designated area/car park.  As I explained to you there are strict security protocols in place to respond to security threats and these are triggered for every abandoned/suspicious vehicle.  This has potential to close down large areas of the airport with huge safety and financial implications. Any vehicle found unattended WILL be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

2  The whole of the airport is a controlled zone.  This means the enforcement of the road network remains with the Police/TPCSO’s.

3 All Terminal fronts are ‘no waiting’ areas and are clearly signed to that effect.  While it is permissible to load and unload within these areas this should be done as quickly and efficiently as possible and does not allow drivers to ‘wait’ for passengers.  My expectations in this area are clear.  Drivers should either park legally just off the airport footprint and move onto the forecourt area only when their passengers are by the kerbside or use the airport car park scheme which is already in existence and advertised in your latest publication.

4 I would expect all professional drivers to act in a courteous and professional manner towards my officers and also to any agents of the airport.  I would expect the full support of company owners and yourselves in dealing with people who repeatedly fall below an acceptable standard in this area.  You can of course expect the same from my staff.

5 If any drivers do see or hear anything suspicious please encourage them to call 101, the anti terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency 999.  Obviously this doesn’t just apply to Manchester Please follow this link for further information.

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