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Old 29th December 2015, 15:09   #1
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Drivers of heavy commercial vehicles will have to undergo training in first aid from July 2016. All drivers looking to obtain new driving licences or those looking to renew their driving licence will have to be trained in life-saving techniques.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH), the International Road Federation (IRF) and Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI) are jointly conducting training programmes for drivers of heavy commercial vehicles starting from Delhi and NCR.

In the initial stage, 10,000 drivers are expected to receive training in first aid, basic life support and rescue systems. The course will include applying basic measures to clear a victim's airway and control bleeding, clearing any obstructions and draining any fluid from victims mouth, calling emergency services, performing first aid for the victim, safe handling and shifting techniques to avoid further injury to the victim till the emergency medical services arrive, skills to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through chest compression, maintaining breathing, relieving choking at the accident site and dealing with different kinds of bleeding.

Doctors of a trauma care hospital will impart the training. Videos, practice demos, presentations and other methods will be used to impart skills and case scenarios will be discussed.

The aim of this exercise is to help in reducing the number of fatalities caused by road accidents in the country.

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Old 29th December 2015, 15:13   #2
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Noble initiative, but I don't think this will reduce fatalities in any significant way.

The first thing CV drivers do is to run away from the accident spot to avoid getting thrashed up , leave apart calling emergency services or providing aid to the injured.
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It's a nice to have initiative; but does it work? There are lots to be accomplished before they do such things. Guess it's appraisal time for somebody in the transport ministry and they are coming with some ideas to revive the lives in India & show their efforts towards it.

Things to do:

1. Stop corruption completely at the RTO / vehicle checking levels
2. Make the driving tests relevant (with periodic checks if required) and ensure only proper candidates are issues licences
3. Ensure every driver on road adheres to the traffic rules and penalise the offenders with jail terms
4. Check every vehicle's fitness levels & database details upto date - implement relevant technologies which can pull up data by scanning just the number plate.
5. De-commission vehicles which cross a pre-determined time frame.
6. Set up vehicle check points where basic components (like lights) can be tested / replaced mandatory; the drivers can be billed the component price + a fine. Also add a check on the First Aid kit - usually those are either not present or are the expired kits.

The above points need to be adhered even for private vehicles. Such points itself will make Indian a far safer place to live. Instead, penalizing the commercial drivers with such futile exercises wouldn't yield much results. In my experience, they are far more disciplined than the cream of the society who owns the cars and bikes.

I am not sure why can't we set straight the "should be" things in life than bringing new rules and loop holes for scams thru it?!!

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A very good initiative but highly misplaced.

First we need to know the quality of training esp when we see medical certificates been provided over the counter without even seeing the applicant a norm, I see a similar fate for this as well.

Next, the area of first aid keeps changing from time to time, and something which was recommended earlier is now something to be avoided eg. Handling of Burns (usage of cold water), and arresting bleeding using tourniquets. Which would mean there needs to be a refresher every year. This would also ensure that they do not forget what is taught earlier.

Also we cannot expect the driver involved to render first aid, given his state of mind and also the mob mentality. But if we can leverage this in the right spirit, it should really help the ambulances and save lives, given the number of CVs plying on the roads.
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The Indian Babu's bright thinking at work again. They want to build a pent house without pouring concrete in to the foundation.

How about teaching these guys how to drive first and properly at that before handing out licenses.
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