British drivers fail roadside vision checks

Andrew McClean finds out about a campaign to improve awareness of driving and vision standards

More than 900,000 British drivers would fail to meet the basic eyesight standard for driving, according to the Is Your Vision Roadworthy? campaign. 

The campaign was a collaboration between motoring organisations, optical associations, eye care charities and police services in England, Scotland and Wales. The Association of Optometrists, the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the College of Optometrists, and the Federation of Optometrists & Dispensing Opticians (Fodo) all backed the campaign. It aimed to educate motorists about their legal obligation to ensure their eyesight is fit to drive and make roads safer. 

Police officers conducted roadside vision screening checks on motorists between February 27 and March 12, which found 2.2% failed to read a number plate from 20 metres.  

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