Be aware that if you’re pulled over the by the police and fail a roadside eyesight test you could actually have your driving license revoked.
This is exactly what happened to 63 drivers in Essex in 2016, who had their licenses taken away for this exact reason by the local police force. They failed tests at a distance of 20m and were judged therefore to present a severe risk to both drivers and pedestrians.
Casualty reduction manager at Essex Police Adam Pipe said: “We often receive calls from members of the public concerned about their elderly relatives’ safety behind the wheel and in these cases our officers will have a conversation about their circumstances and discuss the implications their health could have on their driving ability.”
A new fast-track procedure was brought in back in February 2013 by the DVLA that gave police the power to request for licences to be revoked within hours of someone failing an eyesight test.
For car drivers, you need to be able to read a car number place from 20m (with glasses or contacts if necessary). At the beginning of your practical driving test, you’ll be asked to read a number plate on a parked vehicle. If you’re unable to do this, then it’s an automatic fail, the DVLA will be notified and your licence will be revoked.
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