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Van drivers falling short of legal eyesight requirement

Van insuranceBy Chris Torney

Van drivers have been warned to have their eyesight checked before getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.

Insurer Swinton Commercial issued the advice after a survey found that almost 20 per cent of drivers had no eye test in the past three years.

This meant that drivers could fall short of the legal eyesight requirement, putting both themselves and other road users at risk.

Of those drivers who had not had a recent eye test, more than half said they didn’t have the time, while a further quarter said an examination was “not necessary”.

Phil Moss, commercial vehicle manager at Swinton, said: “As van drivers spend a lot of their working day on the road it is really important that their eyesight is tested on a regular basis. Failure to do so could endanger their life and the lives of other road users. It could also result in an unnecessary van insurance claim and points on their licence.”

Any motorist who is found to be driving with uncorrected defective eyesight could be convicted and have three points put on their licence.

Drivers must be able to read a new-style licence plate from 20 metres in order to pass their eye test.

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