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Compulsory eyetests for UK drivers?
Posted on Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:49 am by Laura

If you feel your vision isn't up to scratch when driving make sure you get it checked out!

October 5 2011

A newly published report from the European Parliament urges for eye tests to be made compulsory for all drivers every 10 years.

Entitled Own Initiative, the document calls for 'concerted action' in a bid to reduce the estimated 35,000 deaths on roads across Europe annually.

The call for sight exams every decade for drivers of cars and motorbikes is just one area of action that the report focuses on, with an eye exam every five years recommended for those over the age of 65 years.

Additionally, the paper establishes a series of steps which national governments, the European Commission and stakeholders should take to reduce motor accidents.

The European Commission has expressed support for 'many' of the proposed actions which will be considered, with some turned in to 'concrete actions'.

The report is published at a time when the UK Government is yet to implement the updated European vision requires for drivers in its country.

Talking on behalf of the Optical Confederation, Mark Nevin, head of policy and regulation of the ACLM, FMO and FODO, said: "We welcome the European Parliament's recognition of the importance of ongoing assessment of all drivers' vision. We have always maintained that vision has received inadequate attention to date as an area with scope to deliver road safety improvements."

David Wright, chief executive of the International Glaucoma Association, added: "We will do our part to raise awareness among the public but our efforts can only go so far. Just as with seatbelt wearing, we need a legislative backstop to ensure that all drivers attend for regular checks on their vision, which is key to early detection of conditions such as glaucoma."
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