Working together we can ensure first aid is available to drivers

Our Campaign

Provision of first-aid for the road network, the driver’s workplace, is woefully inadequate, resulting in needless loss of life


Drivers are entitled to the same emergency care afforded to workers in conventional settings. It’s time to level up. Our campaign explains how.

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Levelling up on first aid for drivers

The purpose of our campaign is to raise the standard and provision of first aid for drivers to that of workers in conventional workplaces, i.e., non mobile workers.

When workers suffer critical illness or injury at work, the outcome has been shown to depend heavily on one factor: the immediate availability of first aid.

In many cases, this action, in the minutes before the emergency services arrive, can be the difference between life and death.

car accident victim in neck brace
car crash scene on dual carriageway
The Road network needs first aiders too

In the event of a fixed-workplace incident, a workplace first-aider provides this response, as per the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981.

However, at least one in three road traffic collisions (RTCs) and one in four serious-injury collisions in Britain involve someone driving for work.

While both Health and Safety and First-Aid Regulations apply equally to all workers, drivers suffering critical illness or injury on the road are far more likely to experience poorer outcomes than their non-mobile colleagues.

We can make the road network a safer place for drivers

Collective Responsibility?

It is wholly impractical, if not impossible, to expect employers to make the same first-aid provision for their drivers as they do for their on-site workers. But the imbalance between these two communities should and can be addressed.

If individual businesses take collective responsibility for all employees, not just their own, and train a proportion of their drivers to become on-road first-aiders, achieving equality in the first-aid provision for fixed workplace and mobile workers is a realistic goal.

car driver after collision with head on steering wheel
emergency services vehicles at car accident scene
Our Campaign Aims
This campaign argues for a revised interpretation of the Health and Safety and First-Aid Regulations for business drivers and provides a practical solution that could drive down the number of those killed and seriously injured in RTCs.

Our campaign aims to:

  1. Raise awareness of the current deficiency in the standard and provision of first aid for drivers.
  2. Engage with business leaders to gain their acknowledgement that more can be done to protect the health and safety of their drivers.
  3. Gain the commitment of business leaders to assume a collective responsibility to improve the provision of first aid for all drivers.
  4. Gain the commitment of business leaders to engage with Driver First Assist to train all or a significant proportion of their drivers.
  5. Encapsulate the commitment of business leaders by signing up to the DFA Charter.
What is the DFA Charter?

Companies and organisations can sign up to the DFA Charter and provide the leadership necessary to achieve significant reductions in RTC fatalities and serious injuries:

“We acknowledge the road network is a ‘workplace’, and the medical response to those in need should be equal to that afforded to workers in more conventional settings.

To help achieve this objective, we are committed to ensuring a significant number of our drivers shall be trained to the DFA standard and equipped to provide that response.”

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