Drivers’ blind to their legal responsibility

Two thirds of drivers don’t know the legal eyesight requirement to drive.

New research reveals that 65% of drivers don’t know the legal eyesight requirement set by the DVLA.

The figure comes in the conclusions of work by Lenstore.

Clear requirements

The legal eyesight standard set out by the DVLA means that you must be able to read a number plate 20 metres away. However, research finds two in three driver’s don’t know this standard and may not realise they have a sight issue.

Lenstore surveyed 1,029 UK drivers to find out how often they wear their prescriptive eyewear for driving, when they last had a sight test, and their views around testing, driving and older generations on our roads. The headline result is that 65% of drivers don’t know the minimum eyesight requirement

DVLA’s legal eyesight standard means that you must be able to read a number plate 20 metres away. Additionally, your eyesight must not be currently worse than 6/12 (decimal 0.5) on the Snellen scale.

Knowing the law

How many meters away should you be able to read a registration plate in order to drive safely?
5 meters8%
10 meters20%
15 metres11%
20 metres35%
25 metres12%
30 metres7%
35+ metres7%

When asked about the vision requirement, 65% of drivers gave the wrong answer, citing distance over or under the minimum standard, compared to just 35% of drivers who correctly answered.

More worrying though is that less than half of drivers wear their prescribed glasses 100% of the time behind the wheel. For contact lens wearers it was a third.

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