Driving Test: First Aid

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:08 am on 30th June 2005.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) 11:08 am, 30th June 2005

My Lords, I am reluctant to comment in great detail about the Slovakian test, as I have not experienced it recently. Our driving test is one of the most stringent in the world, but the noble Baroness's point is entirely valid. One would be in danger of not passing the test if one did not have the elementary knowledge to which she referred, which is so valuable. A range of questions are asked in the test about first aid, so that dimension is likely to be covered. A serious person submitting themselves for the driving licence test will know that fact.

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Peter Traynor
Posted on 14 Mar 2009 7:34 pm (Report this annotation)

I'm new to this, but reading this debate on the possibility of introducing first aid to driving tests I am surprised that, for such a potentially important issue, the level of debate is incredibly insipid, almost soprofic. The points made are banal, and the conclusions limp. There's more life in a sixth form debating society. Some of the people involved seem totally uninterested and uniformed - he may not know what the situation is in Slovakia...so maybe he should go and find out!...and maybe find out what the rest of the world is doing whilst he's at it.

And what is wrong with a) increasing the cost of the driving test, and b) expecting the British people to put some bloody effort it. If they can't pass a section of the driving test then they shouldnt be driving till they do. This is dumbing down par excellence. No wonder we're becoming the joke of Europe.

Do these people get paid for this?