Govt to amend driving eyesight standard

Govt to amend driving eyesight standard

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

A consultation has been launched into the minimum medical standards that drivers are expected to attain in eyesight.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will investigate whether the UK's minimum standards for issues such as eyesight, epilepsy and diabetes can be reduced to bring them into line with those found across the rest of the European Union.

Under the amendments, the distance that car drivers and motorcyclists will have to be able to read a number plate from will be lower from its current 20 metres to 17.5 metres.

In addition, those who require spectacles and drive buses and lorries will be tested for visual acuity while wearing their glasses.

Road safety minister Mike Penning commented: "We must make sure that only those who are safe to drive are allowed on our roads, while at the same time avoiding placing unnecessary restrictions on people's independence."

Recent research carried out by Specsavers discovered that 81 per cent of companies are not meeting the minimum standards laid of in the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, HR Magazine reported.

by Alexa Kaczka

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