UK motorists call for driving tests to include eye exams
A recent survey indicates that a vast majority of car owners across the United Kingdom believe eye tests should be a compulsory part of the nation’s driving tests.
The statistics gathered by Zeiss Vision Care UK, a leading lens maker, state that 80% of those surveyed stated it should be a legal requirement to take an eye test as part of acquiring a driver’s licence. Even greater numbers believed before taking a single lesson, learner drivers should legally need to take a test.
Those who wish to learn to drive in Liverpool, Manchester and other UK cities who suffer from impaired vision should always ensure their prescription is up to date before taking lessons and a test.
At present, a provisional licence holder has their eyesight assessed during the practical part of their driving test. Referred to as the “number plate test”, this assessment requires the learner driver to read a car’s registration plate from a 20-metre distance. They must state all the alphanumeric characters correctly or face an automatic failure of their practical exam.
The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) has the authority to revoke a learner driver’s provisional licence when they fail a number plate test. Learner driver’s failing this part of their exam can apply for another licence only under the condition that an eye test is completed first at an official driving test centre. The driver will then need to retake the number plate test when they attempt the practical exam again.