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First aid training ‘should be a mandatory part of the driving test’

Posted on: March 8th, 2016 by Gemma

First aid training should be made a mandatory part of the driving test, a Tory MP will say today. Will Quince believes all new drivers should have to undergo the training before they are granted a licence in a move which he believes has the potential to save lives.

 

Just shy of 2,000 people were killed on the UK's roads last year and the Colchester MP insists the "simple step" of introducing a first aid element to the driving licence process would "reduce road deaths and increase knowledge in Britain of life-saving skills".

 

A number of European countries already do something similar with Switzerland requiring that prospective drivers prove they have received 10 hours of certified first aid training in order to qualify for a driving theory test. Mr Quince believes that doing something similar in the UK would give drivers the tools to be able to act at the scene of an accident.

 

He said: "The sad reality is, in Britain, knowledge of first aid is patchy. "Through no fault of their own, many people do not feel confident enough to intervene and provide first aid in crash and accident situations.

 

"Mr Quince is advocating a four hour practical first aid course run by an approved provider as the minimum requirement. He said: "Put simply, this change will give many more British people the chance to learn life-saving skills and potentially save a life. "Mr Quince will present his Driving Licence (Mandatory First Aid Training) Bill using the 10 Minute Rule Motion procedure which allows any MP to bring forward draft legislation.

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