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Drivers not confident on vision standards

Fleets are being urged to ensure regular eyesight tests are being carried out on fleet drivers as new research indicates driver vision standards may not be up to scratch.

Carried out as police forces crack down drivers with sub-standard vision by revoking their licences, the research by Venson Automotive Solutions found one in four motorists said they’re not confident they can read a number plate from 20m away. In fact, only 39% of respondents were confident their vision would pass muster.

Although Simon Staton, director of client management at Venson, said that by law this check is only required before a person takes their practical test, meaning there is no further legal requirement to check it again, he highlighted the fleet requirement to ensure drivers are fit to drive.

Employees who drive as part of their job role must have regular eyesight tests, under current EU legislation, and the employer has a duty of care responsibility to confirm they are fit to drive – this includes passing the eyesight requirements. Any employer found to be in breach of these rules, and therefore putting their employee and other road users at risk, could be prosecuted.

Staton continued: “No business can afford to have an employee’s driving licence revoked on the spot. We therefore advise fleet managers and those responsible for duty of care for employees driving for company business, to ensure regular eyesight tests take place and any changes in circumstances documented. This will reduce risk of business liability as well as increase safety on our roads.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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