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Look out, eye-tests about: UK cracks down on vision

  • Instant roadside driving ban in sight
  • Can YOU read a vehicle licence plate at 20m?
  • Five instant checks can have you banned
'NOW LOOK HERE, SIR' Traffic cops in the UK had added roadside eye-tests to their repertoire - fail, and you're off the road. Image: IAM Road Smart
‘NOW LOOK HERE, SIR’ : Traffic cops in the UK have added roadside eye-tests to their repertoire – fail, and you’re off the road immediately. Image: IAM Road Smart

LONDON, England – Three police forces in Englang are begun roadside eyesight tests that could immediately confiscate driving licences – yes, at the roadside.

The British Institute of Advanced Motoring organisation RoadSmart has warned road users that they can expect to be tested for a number of reasons if they happen to be stopped by the police – for any reason.

Every driver stopped by police in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and West Midlands regions in September (2018) will be required to read a number plate from 20 metres.

Fail, and you will be off the road, driving licence revoked.


RoadSmart has welcomed this new trial and warns that, if it is a success, more basic safety checks by traffic police can be expected.

Neil Greig, RoadSmart’s director of policy and research, told The Corner in a media release: “Law-abiding drivers have nothing to fear but we believe extending the range of police checks will remove many unsafe drivers from our roads.

“They should be, as a matter of course, examining these five key items: driving licence, annual vehicle road-test, vehicle insurance, alcohol/drugs – and now eyesight.

“Adding a vision test to the standard list of roadside checks will be a sharp warning to drivers who chose not to wear their spectacles or rail to have their sight checked.

”Enforcement is now out there to back up the regulations. Our message is simple – don’t risk it!”

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