Around 1,700* people die from road deaths per year in the UK.
Far more road users should have the skills and confidence to step forward to help in the event of a crash – or indeed in other emergency situations.
- The Department for Transport should make attendance at a practical first aid course mandatory to acquire a driving licence in the UK.
Attendance at a practical first aid course is mandatory in order to acquire a driving licence in many other European nations including Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
In March 2016, Will Quince MP introduced a Private Members’ Bill in UK Parliament, which proposed attending a four-hour practical first aid course with an approved provider as a minimum requirement for attaining a driving licence.
While the bill did not have sufficient time to progress during the parliamentary calendar, it has helpfully raised the profile of the issue and given impetus for change.
*Based on average of deaths in 2012-2014 from the road safety statement