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Drivers should study first aid

Apr 18, 2017
Statistics from Driver CPC Consortium RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board), suggest that many LGV drivers may be lacking crucial first aid and road traffic incident management skills.

According to data from the Master Driver CPC Consortium, only 2% of Driver CPC Periodic Training courses delivered since September 2015 included first aid and/or road traffic scene management. By contrast, 33% of training hours uploaded have been centred around driver hours or tachographs, while 24% concentrated on load safety and security.

“If Driver CPC is about improving road safety, why do employers and drivers feel that prioritising courses on tachographs and driver hours is right for them?” said Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB. “Taking training that tackles compliance issues is important but alone it simply isn’t going to help improve safety on the roads.”

Laura said that lorry drivers are often first on the scene when an accident happens, so first aid and incident management skills are absolutely crucial. “Improving safety is our top priority at RTITB, so we strongly urge more drivers and employers to include these important training courses in their current Driver CPC training cycle.”

The RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium gives members access to a vast collection of high quality training topics, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the future of Driver CPC both within the consortium, and on a national level.

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