THE DRIVER & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has confirmed that in the last five years, 42,519 car and motorcycle licences had been revoked or refused because of poor vision. Nearly 7,000 bus and lorry drivers also lost their licences because of bad eyesight over the same period.
Being able to read a number plate from 20 metres away is one of the basic requirements of the practical driving test and Group 2 bus and lorry drivers require a higher standard of vision. Drivers are advised to but not required by law to have regular eye tests.
Eyesight can decay without people noticing and road safety charity Brake is calling on the government to make it compulsory for drivers to have a professional eye test every ten years.