The practical driver’s-license training programme in Brussels will undergo various changes from 1 November, including compulsory training in first aid and a risk-awareness test. The first-aid training, provided by the Red Cross, is aimed at preparing future drivers “to adequately take care of accident victims before the arrival of the emergency services, since the first hour (after a mishap) is considered decisive for the sequels or the chances of survival,” Bianca Debaets, Secretary of State for Road Safety in the Brussels Government, explained.
Preparation for the drivers-license exam in Brussels-Capital Region will now be in two parts: a theoretical component sent electronically, and which can be followed from home, and a practical component lasting three hours, given in twenty-minute tranches.
After passing the theoretical part, candidates can choose between four streams: mixed free/driving school; direct access to the exam after 30 hours of driving school; free stream; and driving-school.
In addition to first-aid training, a candidate now needs to pass a risk perception test to obtain his/her practical examination. During this test, the candidate needs to identify the potential dangers inherent to certain situations.