Number of drivers banned for poor eyesight on the increase

Figures released by the Department of Transport have revealed some 6,000 British motorists were banned in 2011 due to poor eyesight – a 10 per cent increase on the previous year.

Currently, UK motorists and insurance policy holders are only required to read a number plate from at least 20m away but the recent findings have provoked drivers to call for improved testing methods.
There are currently no mandatory eye tests for drivers renewing their licence; instead the DVLA relies on the individual informing them of poor vision.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond told Auto Express: "Licensing rules have an important part to play in keeping our roads safe. 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."

The DVLA figures also show that there was a staggering rise in the number of bus and lorry drivers who had their licence revoked for poor eyesight, an increase of 39 per cent from 2010.

A recent survey by Specsavers discovered almost half of the UK's motorists were in danger of failing to meet the required eyesight standards to be able to drive, so expect the number of revoked licenses to increase over the coming year.
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