The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones MP, has allayed fears that members of the Driver First Assist (DFA) programme who stop to administer roadside first aid could be penalised under drivers’ hours regulations.
The DFA is a not for profit organisation which trains drivers to provide first aid in the event of a road traffic accident prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the effectiveness of the DFA training course, Mr Jones stated that professional drivers who deviated from their controlled hours to provide assistance at the scene of an accident were protected under concessions listed in article 12 of the drivers’ hours regulations.
Mr Jones said that it was “very unlikely” that drivers would face legal action.
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