Road safety and drivers’ attitudes to the UK number plate test and regular revalidation (C-100464)

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19 April 2021
Volume 22, Issue 1

A snapshot of driver attitudes to requiring a vision check undertaken in a sample of 100 consecutive patients in optometry practice who held a driving licence.

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Professionalism Communication

Abstract

EU directives were introduced in 2013 specifying the visual standards required to be eligible for a driving licence and introducing a regular administrative revalidation process for driving licences. In addition, the option to include screening of medical and vision standards of drivers in the revalidation exercise was proposed, although this was not a requirement. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) changed the vision requirements for drivers in line with the EU changes in 2013 and in addition to the existing number plate test introduced a requirement that the EU-specified Snellen acuity was required. Despite the change to the vision standard the Department for Transport (UK) has not introduced a vision assessment at licence revalidation and relies on applicants confirming in the application that the vision standards are met. A snapshot of driver attitudes to requiring a vision check as part of a revalidation exercise and their understanding of their responsibility to ensure they meet the standards for safe driving was undertaken in a sample of 100 consecutive patients in optometry practice who held a driving licence.

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