Driver First Assist Survey - November 2014

For many commercial vehicle drivers the reality of life on the road is one of strict adherence to just-in-time delivery schedules. So the all too common phenomenon of delays due to road traffic collisions (RTC) is not only inconvenient, but potentially costly.

A new survey being run this month by not-for-profit organisation Driver First Assist, aims to discover just how demanding today’s delivery schedules are and what toll long delays on the motorway network can take on our commercial fleet drivers.

David Higginbottom, Driver First Assist founder, said: “Our vision is to create a trained network of DFA volunteers on the nation’s roads, who have been trained to provide life-saving first aid and manage the scene at road traffic collisions, prior to the arrival of the emergency services. As well as offering the potential of reducing road deaths by up to 46 per cent, this could substantially improve the speed of re-opening the roads after a RTC.”

Anyone interested in completing the survey can take part anonymously »

Driver First Assist is a UK road safety initiative seeking to reduce deaths and serious injuries by training professional drivers – those most often first-on-scene at road traffic collisions (RTCs) – to manage the scene of incidents and to administer basic, but potentially life-saving first aid. Currently, between 39 and 85 per cent of RTC deaths are caused by airway obstruction, which causes death within four minutes – half the ambulance target response time. Driver First Assist is supported by all three emergency services and while its initial focus is professional drivers, the course is open to anybody with an interest in saving lives. DFA is supported by national business law firm and primary sponsor, DWF. 

This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

Vikki Woodfine

Partner - Head of Road Haulage & Logistics

Best known as the “Lorry Lawyer” I am also Head of the Road Haulage & Logistics group at DWF and specialise in health and safety defence work and road transport law.

Joanne Witheford

Senior Solicitor - Deputy Head of Road Haulage & Logistics

I am a regulatory lawyer specialising in health and safety, manslaughter defence and road transport law.