Any driver could be asked to read a car number plate at 20m – fail and your licence could be revoked!
Police in the UK are cracking down on drivers with poor eyesight. Any driver could be pulled over and asked to read a car number plate at 20m – a fail could lead to your driving licence being revoked.
Hampshire, Thames Valley and West Midlands police are to carry out regular on-the-spot eye tests on the side of the road, asking drivers to pull over.
If a driver is unable to read a car number plate from a distance of 65 feet (20 metres) away, they could face having their driving licence cancelled.
The only compulsory test that a driver currently has to have is one eyesight test just before their practical driving test, after that it’s up to the driver to make sure that their vision remains at a good enough standard to be safe behind the wheel.
By law, the DVLA should be made aware of any kind of vision problem that could affect a licence holders driving ability.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) can be contacted by the police to request an immediate revocation of a person’s licence because of poor eyesight under Cassie’s Law, which was passed in 2013.
The data collected as part of the police crackdown will be used to secure a better understanding of how big a problem poor eyesight amongst drivers is out on the road.
“Not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences,” said Sergeant Rob Heard, who spoke to the BBC on behalf of the three forces taking part in the eyesight test scheme.
The eyesight test was first introduced in the UK back in 1937 and has been revised a number of times to coincide with a change in registration plate sizes.
You must confirm when you first apply for a licence and when you renew your driving licence at 70 years of age that your eyesight meets the correct standard for driving or whether you need corrective lenses do drive. There’s no need to confirm whether lenses are worn when every 10-year renewal comes around.
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