RSA calls for updated eye test for drivers
by Richard Kilner
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Global insurer RSA has revealed there is a significant lack of awareness when it comes to minimum legal eyesight standards for car and motorbike users, with 90% unaware of what standards are required.
The UK driving test itself is somewhat outdated, relying upon a simple number plate test to ascertain whether or not a basic standard of vision has been met.
Furthermore, drivers are not asked about their eyesight again until they reach 70 years of age.
The number plate test was introduced in 1935, when cars were both far fewer and much slower than today.
Two thirds of those surveyed agreed that the number plate test was not suitable and more than half thought that an examination by a medical professional would be better.
In March of this year RSA UK & Western Europe Chief Executive Adrian Brown said that regular eye tests were as important as an MOT when it comes to driving in safety.