March 1, 2013

LOSE YOUR LICENCE ON THE SPOT IF YOUR EYESIGHT IS POOR

Motorists in South Wales could be the first to lose their licences if they are found to have poor eyesight.

Police in the area will introduce random checks and ask motorists to read the number plate of a vehicle 20m away. Should they be unable to do this, their licence can be revoked within hours.

The DVLA and police work closely to enable licences to be revoked almost instantly. The changes come after a campaign to highlight the issue after a young girl was knocked down by a 87 year old driver who had refused to surrender his licence after he failed an on the spot eye tests days earlier.

Supt Steve Furnham, of South Wales Police said: Any vehicle in the hands of somebody who doesn’t have full control of it is a lethal weapon.

He hopes that the threat of losing your licence will prompt those with eyesight problems to address the issue.

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