Regular eye tests urged for drivers

All fleet managers have been urged to ensure their company drivers get regular eye tests so they can be safe while on the road.

Experts from the Fleet Safety Forum, a division of the road safety charity Brake suggest that it is essential to have an eyesight test every two years or more frequently and whenever there is a cause for concern.

However, in the UK approximately 12.5 million people who are due a test do not have one and have problems with vision that make it impossible for them to pass even the basic eye test.

Caroline Perry, marketing manager at Brake, said: "Eyesight needs to be tested regularly throughout a driver's lifetime.

"Fleet managers must address the issue internally and consider their drivers' eyesight as part of their wider fleet safety strategy. Being an experienced and skilled driver is meaningless if a driver is unable to spot hazards due to poor vision."

The first 50 companies who order the Fleet Safety Forum's Look Sharp poster and e-guidance campaign pack will be able to have them free of cost. The materials are targeted to help drivers and managers understand the importance of regular eyesight tests.

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