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Save a life at the side of the road.

st John Ambulance

1:34pm 9th February 2011

A new course has been launched in North Yorkshire to give professional drivers the skills and confidence to provide first aid in emergency situations on the road. The course launches as statistics reveal that 8 out of 10 drivers, who need training to meet an EU directive, could soon be risking their license if they don’t start soon.

Over 2,200 deaths occur each year in the UK because of road accidents and 25% of these fatalities occur in incidents involving LGVs (large goods vehicles) and PCVs (passenger carrying vehicles)*. St John Ambulance is urging drivers to include first aid in their training so drivers can be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), an EU Directive, came into force in 08/09 to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety. It requires all PCV and LGV drivers to complete 35 hours of training, which can include first aid, every five years. Yet 81% of those required to carry out Driver CPC training have not started.

If drivers are caught without proof of compliance after September 2013 (for PCVs) and September 2014 (for LGVs) then they face on-the-spot fines and an investigation which may lead to them losing their vocational license and, thereby, their livelihood.

The new St John Ambulance Professional drivers first aid course has been approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) which validates Driver CPC training.

The first aid training is highly practical and handles situations that drivers may face on the road, such as:

•           Spinal Injury: responding to a casualty with suspected spinal  injury

•           Unconscious casualty: recognition of life threatening conditions

•           Bleeding: responding to a casualty with minor or server bleeding

•           Resuscitation

•           Safer handling and moving

•           How to act safely and effectively with emergencies in public.


Graham Henry, the Regional Director for St John Ambulance in North Yorkshire said:

‘It’s tragic that every year over 2,200 people die because of road accidents. If more drivers were first aid trained and knew how to react in an emergency then they could be the difference between life and death.

‘Our Professional drivers first aid course gives drivers the skills they need to cope in a vehicle emergency, as well as helping them achieve their Driver CPC qualification. First aid is not just a skill you can use at work but something that is invaluable in general.

‘It’s worrying that 8 out of 10 drivers have not yet started their Driver CPC training and could be at risk of fines or even losing their license. Our training can help towards their qualification and can be organised swiftly. We urge them to book soon.’

There are scheduled courses at St John Ambulance’s training centres in North Yorkshire but if you have a group of drivers to train, it can be more cost-effective for their trainers to come to you and deliver bespoke training on your premises. To find out more, call 0844 324 5535 and speak with a St John Ambulance training advisor in your area.

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