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DVLA Urges Drivers to Check their Eyesight

Posted in General News on Monday, September 20th, 2021

Fewer than 50% of motorists are aware that one must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres to be able to drive legally. This is according to a survey of 1,623 motorists conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). While 744 of the respondents were aware that this is the required distance, 322 believed it was 15 metres, 454 thought it was 25 metres and 103 people did not know have an idea of the distance. Now that traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels, the agency is calling on drivers to ensure they take the 20 metre number plate test. This call to action is part of the agency’s Number plate Test campaign which aims to remind drivers that the test is an easy way regularly check their eyesight. It also serves as a reminder for people to get their eyesight checked every two years or when they notice any changes in their vision. Lynette Rose, Director of Strategy, Policy and Communications at DVLA said “Anyone can do the test at any time. Twenty metres is typically around the length of five cars parked next to each other – you can test yourself on whether you can clearly read a number plate of the furthest car. Having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so it’s really important for motorists to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician – don’t wait for your next check-up.”

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