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Brake offers free webinar on importance of managing driver eyesight

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Brake, the road safety charity, is running a webinar for fleet and road safety professionals on the risk of poor driver eyesight, and the importance of combatting it in your fleet.

Look Sharp: Tackling driver eyesight in your fleet, sponsored by Vision Express, is an opportunity to hear from experts on the different aspects of eye health and the risk factors associated with various diseases.

Francesca Marchetti, council member at the Association of Optometrists and the Optical Confederation, will outline the legal requirements of driver eyesight, and present a cost/benefit analysis of regular driver vision screening.

Zari’aat Masood, professional engagement officer at Brake, said: “It is crucial that fleet operators are aware of the importance of managing the risks associated with poor driver eyesight. Road crashes involving a driver with poor vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties, and cost £33 million, per year in the UK. We ensure that our vehicles are fit for the road; it is vitally important that drivers are too.”

The webinar is an ideal opportunity to hear from experts in the field, as well as a case study from a fleet operator who has successfully implemented policies which incorporate the importance of eye health.

Omar Hassan, head of professional services at Vision Express, said: “We have been tirelessly campaigning to encourage motorists to have regular eye tests – to not only make UK roads safer but so professional drivers can safeguard their livelihood too.

“The ‘Look Sharp’ webinar provides the perfect opportunity for fleet and road safety professionals to fully understand the benefits of keeping stringent eye health routines.”

The webinar will be delivered by Brake Professional, Brake’s membership service for professionals working in the field of fleet safety.

Brake Professional shares training, tools, and guidance on global fleet safety best practice with its members, as well as networking and development opportunities.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Attendance is free. To register email professional@brake.org.uk or book online.

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