Roadside Eye Tests May Lead to License Revocation

A tough new law inspired by the tragic death of a 16-year old girl has put fleet operators and managers on notice of the need to prevent their drivers from operating their vehicles if their vision isn’t up to par. Cassie’s Law has just been passed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), who worked in concert with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) following an accident caused by an 87-year old man who had failed a roadside vision test but refused to relinquish his license. The new law enables the police to administer a test and then force a driver who fails it to give up his or her license within hours.

The vision proficiency test requires that drivers are able to read a license plate easily from a distance of twenty metres away, and if they are not able to pass this test then the police are able to revoke the license in a matter of hours. Previously the law enabled drivers to continue driving for days on the understanding that they would seek to improve their vision through the use of glasses, but not all drivers did so. The law has won praise as being simple common sense, and representatives from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) have indicated that their organization backs the law.

It has always been recommended that vision tests be given on a regular basis to ensure that fleet drivers have good peripheral vision and that their eyesight hasn’t deteriorated over the course of time. Under the new regulation it has become even more imperative that testing is conducted even more frequently. Fleet operators are strongly advised to administer eye tests regularly in order to ensure the safety of their drivers as well as to protect the public at large and to make certain that their vehicle operation isn’t interrupted by a license revocation.