When did you last have an eye test?
Beware! Three Police forces are trialling roadside eyesight tests and failure to pass will could mean that driving licences are revoked there and then at the roadside.
If you are stopped by the Police for any reason in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands during the trial, you will be required to take an eyesight test. The test will consist of you being able to read a number plate at 20 metres distance.
This has been a requirement for the IAM RoadSmart advanced driving test for many years.
Police officers in those areas will be implementing their powers to request an urgent revocation of a driving licence through the DVLA when they believe that the safety of other road users is at risk if the failed eye tested motorist remains on the road.
IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, has welcomed this trial and warns that if it is a success we can expect additional basic roadside checks from traffic Police in future.
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, said: “Law abiding drivers have nothing to fear from this, but we believe that extending the range of checks that the police could, and should, be doing will help remove more unsafe drivers from our roads. The Police should be examining the following five key items: driving licences, MoT documents, vehicle Insurance, checking for possible drink or drugs offences and now eyesight capabilities.”
If successful this trial could be rolled out across the country in the near future so be warned and make sure that you wear your glasses if required for driving and get your eyes tested regularly if you have any doubts about your vision.
All responsible drivers will already be aware that defective or poor eyesight must be compensated for by wearing appropriate prescription eyewear.
Don’t risk it, keep yourself and others safe.
Congleton & Macclesfield Advanced Motorists