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Metropolitan Police operation targets drivers with poor vision

An operation targeting drivers with medical conditions has resulted in between 20 and 30 drivers with poor vision losing their licence

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Drivers with poor vision have been targeted through a joint initiative between Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police.

A TfL spokesperson confirmed that between 20 and 30 licences have been revoked due to poor vision as a result of the operation targeting drivers with medical conditions.

“The figure is likely to be higher as referrals are often made directly to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA),” they noted.

The operation involves targeting “high harm and high risk drivers” by working closely with the DVLA and other partners.

Licences revoked through the initiative include those of drivers with poor eyesight, medical conditions and other risk factors.

TfL confirmed that the initiative has been running for around three years and runs on a referral basis focusing on individuals who have a relevant medical condition that could pose a danger on the road.

More than 1500 licences have been revoked since 2015, although some of these revocations are drug-related rather than linked to a medical condition. A further breakdown was not available.

In June, a driver who could only read a licence plate from a distance of 4.1 metres received a prison sentence following an accident that paralysed a pedestrian.

Transport for London’s head of transport policing, Mandy McGregor, said that driving a vehicle with poor eyesight is irresponsible and shows no regard for the safety of others.

“We are cracking down on drivers who are not competent because of medical grounds. We are working to revoke their licences and keep these drivers off the roads,” Ms McGregor said.

A Freedom of Information request by OT in 2017 revealed that more than 42,000 licences have been revoked or refused in the UK since 2012 because of poor vision.

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