By Alex Glenn •
Published: 04 Nov 2021 • 15:06
DVLA issues winter warning to drivers or risk going to court.
The DVLA has warned motorists to ensure that they check their eyesight this winter. Nights are drawing in and driving conditions are set to worsen. All drivers must be able to read 20 metres in front of them.
The DVLA has urged drivers to check that they meet the eyesight requirements before driving. Drivers are advised to head to their local optician and get an eyesight check if they have any concerns over their vision.
According to Birmingham Live, drivers who cannot read a licence plate from 20 metres face losing their driving licence. This became law in September 2001.
This is not the only eyesight standard imposed by the DVLA. The DVLA also require a minimum level of visual acuity.
People who do not meet the eyesight standards could face court prosecution. This could lead to drivers losing their licence or being fined
The DVLA’s senior doctor Dr Wyn Parry explained: “The number plate test is a simple and effective way for people to check their eyesight meets the required standards for driving.
“The easiest and quickest way to do this is to work out what 20 metres looks like at the roadside – this is typically about the length of 5 cars parked next to each other – and then test yourself on whether you can clearly read the number plate.
“It’s an easy check to perform any time of day at the roadside and takes just a couple of seconds.
“Having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so it’s really important for drivers to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician – don’t wait for your next check-up.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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