First-aid kits in cars will not have to be replaced after expiration

The expiration will not be checked anymore, the Transport Ministry has decided.

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The expiration of the first-aid kits that drivers are required to have in their cars will change. Under the new rules, it will be possible to keep the kits after the expiration date.

At the same time, the date will not be checked during the regular technical inspection of the vehicle.

This stems from the amendment to the regulation on the operation of vehicles signed by Transport Minister Árpád Érsek (Most-Híd).

“With this change we wanted to accommodate drivers who were forced to regularly change their first-aid kids due to the expiration date, although the current contents did not require such frequent changes,” Érsek explained, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

No changes to contents

Under the new rules, the dates will be checked only after drivers use something from the kit, the minister added.

The change will not affect the contents of the first-aid kits. One of the compulsory items that need to be stored is a card with first-aid instructions.

At the same time, the contents need to be intact, visually in order, and not dirty or destroyed. The storage area needs to be dry and clean, and easily accessible, TASR reported.

In cars, first-aid kits are usually placed in the boot, while in buses it should be accessible in the space for passengers, also being well-marked.

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