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Drivers fail to get eyesight tested

A survey of 1,000 drivers out today by Brake, RSA and Specsavers finds that a quarter of drivers (26%) haven't had a vision test in the last two years.

At the same time, many drivers who know they need glasses or lenses fail to wear them on every journey. Nearly one in 10 (9%) who need glasses or lenses don't always wear them when driving.

A campaign launched today by road safety charity Brake, working alongside the DVLA, insurer RSA and Specsavers, calls on fleet professionals to ensure employees get their eyesight tested every two years so that their vision meets legal standards.

Employers can help ensure good vision standards and eye health by providing employees with free or discounted eye tests, and regular advice about the importance of good eyesight to safe and responsible driving.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "Fleets need to look after employees' health and fitness to drive as well as making sure vehicles are roadworthy - and that includes ensuring good vision.”

Fleet professionals and any employer with staff who drive for work are encouraged to attend Brake's Fit to drive conference in Manchester on September 17.

The conference will discuss best practice in preventing driver impairment, including poor vision, as well as latest research about the dangers of impaired driving and interventions.

Register online or contact Brake on admin@brake.org.uk or call 01484 559909.

Read more about the Brake campaign in this week’s Fleet News.



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