28.01.2011

Van drivers "must wear contact lenses" if required

Van drivers "must wear contact lenses" if required

By Alexa Kaczka

It is essential that UK van drivers who require vision correction such as contact lenses wear the products at all times, one insurer has warned.

According to research carried out by Swinton Commercial, as many as a fifth of British van drivers do not have adequate eyesight to operate their vehicle and are therefore putting other road users, as well as themselves, at risk.

The company polled 1,200 online customers and found that 19 per cent of van drivers have failed to undergo an eye test when required.

In the UK, drivers have to be able to see the number plate of another vehicle at a distance of at least 20m with the naked eye, with those who cannot do so are required to wear the necessary vision correction equipment at all times when driving.

Swinton Commercial pointed out that any driver who is caught behind the wheel with uncorrected defective eyesight may receive a fine and three points on their driving license.

Recently, Belinda Boyce, field officer with the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Society, told the Marlborough Express that motorists who fail to wear necessary correct vision correction products could pose a major risk to other road users.

by Martin Burns


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