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Drivers who fail eye tests will have licences revoked

Police carrying out on the spot checks during September

Charlotte Booth

Charlotte Booth


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TVP and eye tests

DRIVERS in the Thames Valley and Hampshire could have their licence revoked if they fail an on-the-spot eye test during September. 

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police will be conducting the tests to tackle the increasing number of casualties caused by defective eyesight.

Road safety sergeant for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, Rob Heard, said: “All of us require good vision to drive safely on our roads – not being able to see a hazard or react to a situation quickly enough can have catastrophic consequences.

“The legal limit is being able to read a number plate at 20 metres – around five car lengths – however, this is a minimum requirement and a regular eyesight test with an optician is a must if we are going to be safe on the road.

“Since 2013, the police have a new procedure – Cassie’s Law – to fast-track notification to the DVLA should they find someone who cannot read a number plate at 20m in daylight conditions.

“Offending motorists will within an hour have their licence revoked and face prosecution.

“During September, we will be carrying out 20m number plate checks at every opportunity and those who fail will have their licences revoked.

“I hope we do not find anyone and everyone makes sure they are safe to read the road ahead.”

The checks are part of a campaign with speed awareness group Brake and Vision Express to encourage the public to take driver vision seriously.

The campaign is calling for eyesight testing to be made compulsory before a driving test and each time a driver renews their photocard licence.

An estimated 1.5m UK licence holders have never had an eye test and crashes involving a driver with defective eyesight are thought to cause 2,900 casualties every year on the UK’s roads.

Cassie’s Law was introduced in 2013 following the death of 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who was killed by an elderly driver who police had told not to drive. 

The test must be conducted in good daylight with glasses or corrective lenses (if required).

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  • Gazzo

    07/09/2018 - 16:04

    Stupid question nowhere on these articles does its say if you can get your licence back if you visit an optician and sort problem out. Have you lost your licence for good then???


    • Justin S

      08/09/2018 - 07:07

      Anyone who knows their vision is impaired and dont give a flying doodah about safety and other road/ pavement / street user because they cant be bothered to have regular eye tests shouldnt be allowed to get their license back until they take a refresher test after they have had their vision 'issue' resolved. It may make them think twice about being selfish and dangerous. Its not like they cant afford it. Tescos eye test is free, I believe.


  • Kayaker Pete

    06/09/2018 - 19:07

    The total number of casualties in road accidents is approx 180,000 PA and the 2011 IOM study into causes found defective vision was a factor in 0.4% (or 720) of them. 7 of these are likely to be fatal. The British Crime Survey reports 130,000 knife attacks PA with approximately 300 fatalities a year. I am at a loss as to how the police work out their priorities...


  • Louise


    06/09/2018 - 16:04

    Hope they don't expect you to read the sign PC is holding from 20 metres/yards!!


  • Justin S

    06/09/2018 - 07:07

    I'd start in Hungerford with all those injuries and deaths with older generations in recent times. Sure they could save others from potential dangerous drivers by revoking their license before they cause another accident.