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Look out! Roadside eye tests introduced

By: Dave Robbins
11 April 2013

According to a story in the March edition of the RHA’S monthly magazine ‘Roadway’, the police now have powers to undertake roadside eye tests. Should you fail, you could lose your licence before the day’s out. That’s all down to the wonders of modern science which enable the police to notify the DVLA electronically.

What’s more, you won’t get it back until you can prove that your eyesight meets the required standard. If the police consider it necessary, bail conditions can be applied preventing the driver getting back behind the wheel as a condition of the bail.

To meet the eye test’s required standard, drivers must be able to read a vehicle number plate from 20 metres (in old money that’s nearly 22 yards). The test must be carried out in daylight and glasses can be worn if required.

Commenting on their new powers, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the ACPO lead on roads policing said: “We are confident this new process will give police the ability to fast track drivers found to have inadequate eyesight for driving and therefore likely to cause unnecessary danger to other road-users.“

So if you haven't had an eye test in the last few years then now might be a good time to book an appointment with your local optician.


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