9,000 DRIVERS DIDN'T MEET DVLA EYESIGHT STANDARDS LAST YEAR - MOTORING EDITOR COMMENTS
As the UK recognises the importance of healthy eyesight during National Eye Health Week (18th-24th September), Confused.com motoring editor, Amanda Stretton, says:
“Last year over 9,000 drivers1 had their license revoked or application refused by the DVLA as their eyesight did not meet the required standards. It’s no wonder over half (55%) of drivers2 think all motorists should be legally required to have regular eye tests.
“It’s easy to view eye testing as just another inconvenience and added expense to the rising cost of motoring, but substandard vision can have a significant impact on driving ability, if not treated. Without the correct prescription, motorists may have trouble judging distance, depth and could miss cars, cyclists and pedestrians in their wider field. They may also void their insurance policy if they do not notify their insurer of any conditions.
“Drivers should use National Eye Health Week as a reminder to book their annual check-up. Many opticians offer free tests for first-time customers. Drivers who are concerned about the impact an eye condition could have on the price of their car insurance premiums should shop online using a driver savings site, such as Confused.com.”
Notes to editors:
- Figures taken from omnibus research carried out by One Poll on behalf of Confused.com. This was an online poll of 2,000 UK adults who drive (nationally representative sample). The research was conducted between 12/10/2016 and 14/10/ 2016.