6,000 UK motorists have had their driving licence blocked or revoked due to the fact they cannot see the road according to latest figures. The department for transport blocked or revoked 5,285 driving licences for motorbikes and cars in 2011, as the motorists couldn’t pass standard eye tests. This number has increased by 8% since the previous year of 2010, where 4,906 motorists were revoked and banned of their driving licences.
The number of Driving Licences being revoked or band has increased
Numbers of Lorry or bus drivers who’s licences have been revoked has increased by a staggering 39%, from 493 in 2010 and 685 in 2011. Stephen Hammond the Transport minister revealed these figures due to questions from parliament, from Labour MP Meg Munn. It was explained that Licensing rules are extremely important with regards to keeping our roads safe. It must be ensured that only people who are safe enough to drive are allowed to drive freely on the roads, whilst also avoiding stripping away people’s independence with unnecessary restrictions.
The Department of Transport rules that drivers must be able to read a car registration plate from 20 metres away from them to be able to pass the driving test. Though once a driver has passed this test, there is no further eyesight tests, that are compulsory. Drivers instead are expected to test and assess themselves to ensure that they are meeting required standards.
DVLA will investigate standards and revoke driving licences where they see fit
If the DVLA is aware that a driver who holds a driving licence doesn’t meet the minimum standards of eyesight for driving, then it is said to be their duty to investigate. If it is then confirmed that a driver is not meeting the correct standards, then the DVLA will be revoking the driving licence.
Driving with eyesight that is classed as defective is an offence and drivers who don’t meet the standards required could even be prosecuted or have their insurance invalidated. The government however ruled out bringing in mandatory eye tests for drivers who look to renew their licence.
Although this may sound a bit harsh, it is of course one of the most obvious things to crack down on when it comes to road safety. Glasses and contacts are not hard to be able to get hold of and of course accidents are more likely to be brought on by people who cannot see the road properly or the cars around them clearly. It is better to ensure everyone’s safety and just make everybody aware of the standards expected of someone in possession of a driving licence.