East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is recruiting four driving instructors to train 999 frontline staff after its accident costs soared to between £300,000 and £400,000 a year.
"And these driving instructors will be able to help us do that because, while we have people doing this at the moment, some are operational paramedics and others are tutors – both of whom have other responsibilities too."
The Nottingham Post reported that, between April 2013 and March this year, there were 404 incidents involving ambulance vehicles which EMAS reported to its insurers.
There were 462 incidents in the previous 12 months and, so far this financial year up to May, there have been 65. These include instances where ambulance vehicles have clipped mirrors, hit parked cars or reserved incorrectly.
"The number of times where vehicles have hit stationary objects has increased, as has the number of incidents where the vehicle was reserving.
"But the amount of times vehicles are clipping mirrors and hitting third-party vehicles has gone down, while incidents where the handbrake has not been applied correctly are about the same."
Fothergill added the service was looking to introduce regular refresher training, and continue driver education.