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Calls for mandatory First Aid Training for UK drivers grow amid road safety concerns



Leading motoring specialists are advocating for compulsory first aid training for all UK drivers.


The proposal aims to equip motorists with crucial skills to respond effectively in road accident emergencies.

The urgency of this call is highlighted by a recent report highlighting that 29,795 individuals were killed or seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads in 2022. Research indicates that up to 59% of deaths from injuries could have been averted if immediate first aid was administered before the arrival of emergency medical services.


Currently, only 5% of adults in the UK feel confident and prepared to manage first aid situations. Mandatory training could dramatically increase this percentage, ensuring drivers can administer critical care such as CPR, treat burns, wounds, and manage shock.


Several European countries, including Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovenia, already enforce first aid training for drivers. Switzerland goes further by requiring a comprehensive 10-hour first aid course, including a practical assessment and written test, for all driver’s licence candidates.

The Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill introduced in the House of Commons in 2016 proposed similar measures for the UK. However, progress on this potential legislation has stalled, with no recent updates or movements forward.


Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “We believe that first aid training should be a requirement before getting behind the wheel to reduce deaths and help those with injuries on UK roads.

 

“It is extremely concerning that just five per cent of the public would be willing to help someone bleeding heavily, unresponsive or not breathing.

 

“First aid can be crucial when responding to a car accident and the correct knowledge and skills can help save lives while waiting for ambulances.

 

“Whether the first aid training covers the basics or advanced emergencies, the skills learnt in courses can drastically improve the chance of survival. 

 

“The UK should be following in the footsteps of other countries who have made first aid training mandatory to give the necessary help to drivers if they get into an accident. 

 

“It is disappointing that nothing came from the Mandatory First Aid Training Bill seven years ago, especially since over half of deaths from injury could be prevented with the first aid right training.

 

“That’s why we’re urging the government to seriously reconsider introducing first aid training for drivers to help anyone who experiences a road accident.”

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