30.03.2010

Calls for taxi checks after drivers found to have poor eyesight

Calls for taxi checks after drivers found to have poor eyesight

By Alexa Kaczka

Calls for more taxi checks in the Hemel Hempstead area have been made after a council-led operation found two drivers with poor eyesight.

Two drivers failed Hertfordshire County Council eyesight tests and were then referred to an optician, although the council considered these to be minor cases, the Hemel Gazette reported.

In addition, checks on 19 vehicles were undertaken in High Street, Tring and Berkhamsted railway station.

Tony Clarke, of Hemel Hempstead Taxi Drivers Association, which represents Hackney carriage drivers across Dacorum, told the newspaper that he welcomed the additional effort from the council.

"We know there are a lot of complaints about Tring and Berkhamstead, especially Tring because it is out on a limb, quite a way from the council"s offices," he added.

Last month, road safety charity Brake called for greater controls on older drivers, advocating the implementation of fit to drive health checks to be carried out by professionals.

by Alexa Kaczka


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