15.02.2012

Good eyesight "essential for safe driving"

Good eyesight "essential for safe driving"

By Alexa Kaczka

Having good vision is not just important for drivers, it is essential, according to one representative of a road safety organisation.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said that too many cases make the headlines where drivers with poor eyesight have caused needless tragedies, which can devastate families.

She noted that although having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, currently the UK's legal requirements are "woefully inadequate" – and could get even worse if the government reduce the distance from which drivers have to read a car number plate during a driving test.

As a result, her charity is urging the coalition to implement requirements for a proper vision test at the point of taking the driving test, and at least every ten years thereafter.

This can be adopted in the meantime by companies in order to boost the safety of not only their drivers, but other motorists and pedestrians, Ms Townsend suggested.

"In the face of deeply-concerning government proposals to reduce eyesight testing standards, conscientious employers must be even more proactive in introducing comprehensive eyesight policies, ensuring staff driving on company time are not putting themselves and others at risk," the representative said.

by Emily Tait


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