Drivers failing to get sight tested

Statistics released by Brake show that one in four drivers fail to have an eye examination every two years

02 Dec 2015 by Emily McCormick

Drivers failing to get sight testedVision Express teamed up with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) during Road Safety Week to offer public and professional drivers free sight tests.

The multiple’s campaign was highlighted during the annual awareness week which ran from 23–29 November and encouraged motorists to download a free sight test voucher that can be redeemed in any of its 390 UK practices until 31 December.

The campaign followed the publication of statistics by road safety charity Brake which reported that one in four drivers are failing to have their sight tested every two years. Furthermore, 4% of those questioned admitted to having never had their sight tested. This equates to more than 1.5 million drivers across the UK.

During the week, Vision Express’ Vision Van toured the UK to highlight the importance of a regular sight test, making stops at service stations in South Mimms, Rugby, Burtonwood and Birtley.

The multiple’s campaign was supported by British Touring Care Championship driver, Tom Ingram. While Mr Ingram does not currently require vision correction, he commented: “If my eyesight isn’t up to scratch then I can’t do my job. I know the importance of having regular eye tests and it’s good to know that if a problem is identified early, it could be treated quickly and effectively.”

Partnering with the RHA sees the association’s members offered discounted vision care and products.

CEO of Vision Express, Jonathan Lawson, said: “With 50% of sight loss preventable, at Vision Express we are calling on drivers to have an eye test and protect their vision – and their licence – for life. It’s worrying that for most of us, the only mandatory vision check is when we read a registration plate from 20 metres as part of our driving test. As Cassie’s Law has given authorities greater powers to revoke driving licences due to concerns about standards of vision, it’s never been more important to know that your sight is up to scratch.


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