Technology training for emergency services

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) believes it is vital that training and accreditation is extended to those dealing with the latest automotive technology at the roadside.

Recent reports of a Tesla Model X, which caught fire after it had been recovered by emergency services, underline the need for industry-led accreditations and qualifications for roadside technicians and emergency services personnel working on EV and hybrid vehicles.

The IMI’s recommendations to implement a Licence to Practise for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles now form part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy. And the IMI is urging roadside and emergency services to ensure its workforces are equally well prepared.

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the IMI, said, ‘Of course, there are risks when dealing with petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles – electric vehicles aren’t inherently more dangerous.  But the reality is that technicians and emergency services have had a lot longer to understand the risks of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles. These professionals are currently operating in an unregulated space and we firmly believe that our proposed Licence to Practise, supported by accreditation schemes, will deliver a higher level of competency, skill and safety for technicians and motorists alike.’