According to the Association of Optometrists, all drivers should have regular, compulsory eye tests. One in three optometrists report to have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard.
Motorists must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away in the practical driving test, however, there is no follow-up check. The Department for Transport said that like any illness or disability, drivers who experience changes to their eyesight should report such information to the DVLA.
“All drivers are required by law to ensure that their eyesight is good enough to drive,” a spokeswoman said.
Data from the Department for Transport shows that seven people were killed and 63 were seriously injured in accidents on Britain’s roads last year when “uncorrected, defective eyesight” was a contributory factor.
When was the last time you had your eyes tested? Can you read a number plate from 20 metres away? If not, perhaps you should consider taking relevant action to ensure the safety of you and others on the road.
Safe driving from Britannia!