Motorists with poor sight could have their license revoked within hours of a road offense, according to new licensing rules.
The strict new laws introduced by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond would see roadside eye test failures dealt with swift action.
“Reducing road casualties is a top priority for the Government and our licensing rules play an important part in keeping our roads safe,” said Stephen Hammond.
“All drivers have a responsibility to make sure they are fit to drive, every time they get behind the wheel and this includes making sure they meet minimum eyesight standards.”
Drivers must be able to demonstrate minimum eyesight standards by reading a vehicle registration plate 20 meters away.
Those who cannot meet these standards should consult their optician, or risk seeing their driver’s license disappear into the distance.
The Association of Chief Police Offices (ACPO) have worked alongside with the DVLA to streamline to process of reporting eye test failures.
Previously police would have to file reports in writing via fax, a process that could take days to complete. Under the new electronic system, the report would be filed and processed by DVLA in a matter of hours.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport of the ACPO said “Police are dedicated to improving road safety and this is another excellent example where making some changes to the way officers work will greatly enhance that aim …
“We want to reassure the public that where we can improve road safety from a policing perspective, we will aim to do just that.”
It is a legal requirement that drivers meet the minimum eyesight standards put in place to protect other motorists and pedestrians.
Revoked licences will only be reinstated when the driver can prove these standards have been met.
By Daniel Walker