By Michael Holder
Road accidents caused as a result of motorists' poor eyesight are estimated to be behind 2,900 casualties and cost the UK £33 million a year, according to a study commissioned by insurer RSA.
The study forms part of RSA's Fit to Drive campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driving with bad eyesight, which was launched at a Parliamentary event in Westminster.
RSA is urging the Government to replace the current driving test licence plate check with a proper eyesight test by a qualified professional before a learner may be eligible to apply for a full licence.
RSA UK and Western Europe CEO, Adrian Brown, said: "Wider understanding among politicians, health professionals, the police and insurers about the serious impact of poor eyesight on road safety is crucial."
He added: "Our Westminster round table event marks the start of what I hope will be a sustained commitment to working together to improve safety on our roads."