Vision Express has lobbied MPs ahead of Road Safety Week (November 20-26) to raise awareness of vision problems being a major contributor to traffic accidents and what the multiple described as ‘short-sighted road safety’ policy.

MPs including Barry Sheerman, Andy McDonald, Jack Dromey and roads minister Jesse Norman have all had discussions with the multiple, which highlighted research that showed 30% of UK drivers were overdue an eye test and 4% admitting to never having had one.

‘The current Highways England strategic plan for road safety is overlooking the fact eye health is an issue,’ said Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson. ‘We are encouraged by parliamentarians’ interest in this issue and plan to continue raising awareness to get our message across about the importance of regular eye tests for drivers.’

Parliamentary events are planned in both Westminster and Holyrood during Road Safety Week.