The bill, backed by the British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance, calls for new drivers to undergo a four-hour practical first-aid course before they can be granted a licence.
So often there isn’t time for an ambulance to arrive, knowledge of first aid can be absolutely critical
He bases this claim on a recent survey conducted on behalf of St John Ambulance, which found that 59% of respondents didn’t feel confident enough to save a life, while 24%, if they found themselves at the scene of a road traffic collision, wouldn’t take any action until an ambulance arrived.
If introduced, this legislation wouldn’t be unique: a number of countries – including Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Austria – have similar laws in place. Switzerland, for example, requires new drivers to prove that they have had at least 10 hours of first-aid training in order to qualify for their driving theory test.
“But the sad reality is that in Britain the knowledge of first aid is patchy. Through no fault of their own, people do not feel confident enough to intervene and provide first aid in crash and accident situations.”