29.11.2011

Fleet operators failing to check drivers" eyesight

Fleet operators failing to check drivers" eyesight

By Alexa Kaczka

A significant proportion of fleet drivers are not having their eyes regularly checked through company testing, according to a new poll.

The survey of 127 fleet operators by Brake's Fleet Safety Forum, seen by Fleet News, revealed that some 42 per cent of fleets do not offer eyesight, with 56 per cent saying they have no record of when their drivers' eyes were last checked.

It comes as the Fleet Safety Forum launched its new Look Sharp campaign, which encourages companies to do all they can to ensure that the eyesight of their drivers is up to scratch and they are wearing contact lenses or glasses to drive in, if required.

This can help to reduce the number of accidents on the road and boost the safety of motorists and drivers alike, the organisation states.

Recent data issued by the Co-operative Motor Group revealed that to 4,009 licenses were revoked due to people's failing eyesight in 2010; a huge increase on the 1,597 licenses taken away in 2006.

by Emily Tait


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