The vehicle details for K??? K?? are:
Date of Liability 01 10 2010
Date of First Registration 22 04 1993
Year of Manufacture 1993
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3528CC
Fuel Type Petrol
Vehicle Colour WHITE
Snipers opened fire a few days ago on a white Land-Rover that hauls reporters around for the BBC.
Three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle hit the vehicle. But to what was presumably the surprise and chagrin of the would-be killers, the bullets all bounced off.
For the British Broadcasting Corp. has gone totally bulletproof.
It has sent home all its "soft-skinned vehicles," the nom de guerre for the kind of cars off which bullets don't bounce. In their place, the BBC is assembling a three-vehicle fleet of armored cars built to withstand a wide range of ordnance, including sniper bullets and mortar shrapnel.
In 1992 — only 12 years ago — as a producer I drove the BBC's first ever armoured vehicle in Sarajevo — and I was wearing one of the corporations first flack jackets. These days flack jackets are standard issue and we have a fleet of armoured cars.
Only failing to possess a current TV licence or having sex during transmission of an Act of Worship would see you fed to the lions and dismissed. Not to mention committing a Royal to the hereafter before they’d officially dropped off the perch. Anything else– being drunk on air, crashing £45,000 worth of BBC armoured land rover, flying to the wrong country, embarrassing the government, enraging cabinet ministers, falling asleep while live on air to the Today programme– was treated as an internal matter, to be dealt with rigorously, while simultaneously mounting a stout public defence of the reasons for your behaviour. I should know; I’ve done all of these things.
When it comes to safety consciousness in the field, CNN is the high roller. So far, 150 correspondents have been through the weeklong exercise with London's AKE, a group that also has supplied security consultants to CNN crews in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Somalia. The consultants manage, maintain and transport the network's fleet of armored vehicles and design special protective gear, including lightweight flak jackets for staff in war zones.