Drivers 'losing licences over eyes'

More drivers are losing their licence due to poor eyesight, figures have suggested.

The data obtained under a freedom of information request show that the number of revoked licences has more than doubled since 2006.

Some 4,009 people lost their licence last year due to their eyesight, compared with 1,597 in 2006.

The figures suggest that people need to add a sight test to their list of motoring related jobs, alongside ensuring their car insurance cover is up to date.

Drivers worried about their eyesight are required by law to see an eye specialist or doctor, according to the research.

Those told they have a condition that causes problems for driving are then required to informing the DVLA.

The figures were obtained by the Co-operative Motor Group.

Group managing director Tony Guest said: "Good eyesight is essential to safe motoring, and we would urge anybody who has concerns over their vision to contact a specialist.

"There is no room for complacency when it comes to road safety."

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