24.01.2012

Professional drivers "must have good eyesight"

Professional drivers "must have good eyesight"

By Alexa Kaczka

Managers who employ professional drivers have been advised to ensure their workers have up-to-date prescriptions so they are not breaking the law or compromising the safety of other road users or pedestrians.

Swinton Commercial is advising fleet managers to encourage drivers to get their eyes checked regularly, as a significant proportion of commercial drivers in the UK failed a recent roadside vision test when randomly stopped as part of research carried out by the company.

Despite eye tests being a necessary condition of receiving a driving license, eyesight is not always regularly checked afterwards, said Jolene Shaw, Technical referral advisor at Swinton commercial insurance.

He pointed out that eyesight should be tested at least once a year, particularly for drivers over the age of 30, when eyesight can start to deteriorate, as there is clear evidence that bad eyesight can severely increase the risk of accidents on the road.

"It's very important for fleet managers to make sure their drivers are up to scratch when it comes to eyesight, which can dramatically reduce the likelihood that they will have an accident," Ms Shaw explained.

He added that fleet managers who encourage drivers to sit an eye exam in January to determine whether they need contact lenses or glasses will find it is "a great way" to start the new year with a clean slate and could even help to reduce insurance premiums.

by Adrian Galbreth


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