Group 2 lorry and bus drivers

Find out the vision requirements for group 2 lorry and bus drivers

There are specific requirements for patients who drive a lorry or a bus.

Lorry and bus drivers must have a visual acuity at least 0.8 (6/7.5) measured on the Snellen scale in their best eye and at least 0.1 (6/60) on the Snellen scale in the other eye. Glasses or contact lenses can be worn to reach this standard but they can’t have a spectacle power greater than plus (+) 8 dioptres (there is no restriction on contact lens power).

Patients must have a horizontal visual field of at least 160 degrees, the extension should be at least 70 degrees left and right and 30 degrees up and down. No defects should be present within a radius of the central 30 degrees. If a group 2 driver has a medical condition which may affect their binocular field of vision, the DVLA can arrange for visual field testing to be carried out.