Drivers are given an urgent eyesight warning by the DVLA, or their licenses may be revoked.
MOTORISTS are being advised to check their eyesight before driving to avoid hefty fines and prosecutions.
Drivers must be able to read a car number plate from 20 meters away, using glasses or contact lenses if necessary, according to current DVLA laws. If a driver’s eyesight falls below the minimum standard and they fail to notify the DVLA, they could be fined up to £1,000.
If an accident occurs, road users may be prosecuted as well, with the police having the authority to revoke a driver’s license immediately if a motorist fails a police roadside eye test.
They must also have a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (612) on the Snellen scale in order to drive.
For lorry and bus drivers, there are additional eye-sight regulations, including ensuring that they have a clear field of vision.
Drivers must correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle to begin their driving tests.
They will fail their driving test, the DVLA will be notified, and their license will be revoked if they are unable to read the plate accurately.
If a driver fails their test because of this, the DVLA will ask them to take an eyesight test with the DVSA.
This will take place at a driving test center, and if successful, drivers will still be required to pass their DVSA standard eyesight test during their next practical driving test.
Long-sighted, short-sighted, and color-blind drivers are not required to notify the DVLA.
The same is true for any motorists who have had surgery to correct their short sightedness and are able to meet the required vision standards.
“Poor vision and driving is one of the most dangerous combinations when it comes to road safety,” Sharon Copeland, an expert optician at Feel Good Contacts, said.
“If you drive, it’s critical to maintain good vision, not only for your own safety but also for the safety of others.”
“The minimum legal requirement is that drivers be able to read a standard number plate license from a distance of 20 meters, or about five cars.
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