DVLA: Winter Warning About Eyesight Requirements
As the dark winter nights draw in, the DVLA has issued a warning about eyesight requirements. Drivers whose eyesight does not meet the minimum requirements could fall foul of a fine of up to £1000 and 3 penalty points on their license.
The rules state that driver’s must be able to read a number plate at 20 metres, this can be with the aid of contact lenses or glasses, and of course if required, these should be always worn whilst driving. The police can also revoke your driving license with immediate effect, if they for any reason deem you a risk on the roads.
The technical vision requirement is at least 0.5 on the Snellen Scale and drivers must also meet a minimum requirement for field of vision, which can be important in avoiding accidents. Several other conditions may also affect your right to drive, you can check the DVLA website for your specific vision impairment and other health conditions.
The DVLA says that those with eyesight issues, should make sure they have regular eye check-ups, to make sure they do are not posing any unnecessary risks to themselves or others on the roads.
As winter draws in, drivers will spend more time driving in poor light early in the morning or in the evenings and so it is more important than ever that they keep on top of eye tests.
The DVLA say that drivers with any known eye conditions should declare them, and anyone can carry out a simple roadside test to check if they can read a number plate from approximately 20 metres. If you are in any doubt about your eyesight, you should book an eye check-up as soon as possible.
You check out the DVLA’s standards for vision while driving here.