A First Aid kit is a must in every car

If you go on holidays to mainland Europe by car you should know that one of the standard requirements is that you carry a First Aid kit with you.

Unfortunately this is not a legal requirement in Ireland yet. However the Irish Independent reported on 14th May 2015 this may change in the near future. The Road Safety Authority hopes an emergency pack containing such items like a First Aid kit, torch, high-vis vest and a warning triangle will be compulsory for new cars by January 1, 2016, and for all existing cars by July 1, 2016.

Not having a First Aid kit in your car could become a penalty-point offence

Not having a First Aid kit in your car could become a penalty-point offence

Small public-service vehicles, such as taxis and hackneys, have had to have such packs since 2009, while buses are currently required to have a fire extinguisher and First Aid kit.
The emergency services say that a number of injuries and fatalities happen each year when a person or vehicle involved in a breakdown is hit by an oncoming vehicle.

Having a First Aid kit in your car can make a huge difference to an injured person in a road traffic accident. It is estimated that the cost for an emergency kit that includes a first-aid kit, torch, high-vis vest and a warning triangle will retail around €40.

This is an investment every car owner in Ireland should undertake even without a threat of penalty points.

We sell a variety of First Aid kits during our public First Aid courses in Dublin. Please contact us if you need more information.