According to the road safety charity, Brake, around one in every six drivers would not be able to pass the eyesight test necessary to obtain a licence. Their Fleet Safety Forum division has embarked on a campaign called “Look Sharp” to try and alert fleet managers to the problem, and to encourage regular eyesight tests.
It is estimated that each year around 12.5 million people in the UK do not undergo the recommended two-yearly eye test. Commenting on the problem, Caroline Perry, marketing manager at Brake, said “Fleet managers must address the issue internally and consider their drivers’ eyesight as part of their wider fleet safety strategy. Being an experienced and skilled driver is meaningless if a driver is unable to spot hazards due to poor vision.”