Does your eyesight still pass the test?

Eye test requirements for UK driving licences

Drivers are in danger of losing their licence if they fail to read a number plate 20 metres away.

Drivers can check they meet the minimum requirement with the help of the DVLA’s number plate test.

Good eyesight is a must when it comes to safe driving.

As drivers, we’ve got be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 meters. That’s the minimum eyesight standard.

Before your next drive, check whether you still meet the standard. 20 metres is about five car lengths or eight parking bays.

There’s a step by step guide on GOV.UK to the driving eyesight rules, including the minimum requirements for lorry and bus drivers on your clarity of vision and horizontal visual field.

If you’ve got any problems with your eyesight, you must let DVLA know. There’s an A to Z guide on GOV.UK to reporting health conditions.

Trials are being carried out throughout September by there police forces, Hampshire, West Midlands and Thames Valley. Motorists who fail the test will have their licences revoked.

Police officers will be stationed at strategic points on the road network and carry out the 20 metre check.

With the introduction of Cassie’s Law in 2013 police have given police more powers, which has resulted in over 600 licences being revoked due to poor eyesight.

Figures obtained by the freedom of information act show that the across the UK police force 631 applications have been made for licences to be revoked due to failure to pass the 20 metre test and 609 of those have been successful.

In 2011, Cassie McCord died from injuries sustained when a driver lost control of his car in Essex. Cassie’s mother campaigned for a change in the law to allow for licences to be revoked more quickly.

Under the law known as Cassie’s Law, a police office can apply for a driving licence to be revoked more quickly if he believes the safety of other road users is put at risk by a motorist who has insufficient eye sight.