AIO: DVLA Field Tests

An AIO statement said the DVLA's position on Esterman Field tests was untenable

The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (AIO) has released a statement explaining that it believes there is no basis in law for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to reject an Esterman field test performed by a qualified and registered optometrist as long as it is paid for by the patient.

This followed a statement released by the DVLA that stated members of the public should have their eyes tested at Specsavers. The AIO contested this, and explained that while the government would only pay for an Esterman Field test if it was performed at Specsavers there was no regulatory requirement that it must be conducted by Specsavers for the purposes of assessing fitness to hold a driving licence.

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