Home Menu Search

Police crackdown on poor vision

24 September 2018

Venson reveals only 1 in 4 motorists are not confident they can read a number plate from 20m away.

Three police forces in England have announced they are planning to test the eyesight of every motorist they stop. If the motorist can’t read a number plate 20m (65ft) away they will have their licence revoked on the spot. In a poll conducted by Venson Automotive Solutions, a worrying 1 in 4 motorists said they were not very confident or not confident at all they would be able to read a number plate from that distance.

Simon Staton, Director of Client Management at Venson Automotive Solutions comments, “The fact that only 39% of respondents were very confident they would be able to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away is very worrying. By law this check is only required before a person takes their practical test, there is no further legal requirement to check it again.”

In previous research conducted by Venson, 70% of motorists surveyed confirmed they had started wearing glasses or contact lenses since passing their driving test. It is however impossible for a fleet manager or business to monitor any changes to a driver’s vision, especially if they are then required to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving, unless a robust checking system is in place.

Employees who drive as part of their job role must have regular eyesight tests, under current EU legislation, and the employer has a duty of care responsibility to confirm they are fit to drive – this includes passing the eyesight requirements. Any employer found to be in breach of these rules, and therefore putting their employee and other road users at risk, could be prosecuted.

Staton continued, “No business can afford to have an employee’s driving licence revoked on the spot. We therefore advise fleet managers and those responsible for duty of care for employees driving for company business, to ensure regular eyesight tests take place and any changes in circumstances documented. This will reduce risk of business liability as well as increase safety on our roads.”

Related news, events and information

New call for better eyesight testing

7 August 2013 – Regular eye tests for drivers could cut the number of casualties on UK roads by almost 3,000. Sky News reports...

Business drivers at risk from DVLA proposal

11 March 2011 – Story from Fleet News. The DVLA is proposing to make the basic number plate test easier. Instead of the...

Specsavers launches driver eyesight guide

11 February 2009 – To help fleets get to grips with forthcoming new legislation governing standards of eyesight, Specsavers...

Fleet drivers reminded about information disclosure to employers

22 August 2008 – Risk experts at Masterlease are warning fleet managers that company car drivers who do not report serious...

Novice Drivers have their say

21 August 2013 – A new report from Co-Operative Insurance, concerning young drivers shows that: • 62% of young...

Green paper on young drivers to be launched.

25 March 2013 – Young drivers could benefit from improved training and lower insurance premiums as the government confirmed its...

DfT Motoring Services Strategy Consultation: Moving Britain Ahead

17 November 2015 – Story from PACTS. The Department for Transport has launched a new consultation on motoring services Much of...

Careful! Considerate! Correct!

27 March 2010 – Careful! Considerate! Correct! is a DVD and booklet produced by The Highways Agency aimed at older drivers and...

Venson to host RoSPA Managing Occupational Road Risk training

9 January 2019 – Story from Fleetworld. Venson Automotive Solutions is to host the Royal Society for the Prevention of...