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Older drivers at risk of having driving licences 'immediately revoked’ or hit with fines

Older drivers could be under threat of having their driving licences “immediately revoked by police” for failing to follow simple DVLA eyesight rules. 

Experts at insurance comparison site Easyquote warn drivers with “inadequate vision” could be stripped of their licence if they are considered to be a “hazard on the road”. 

The rules clearly state road users must keep the DVLA up to date of any eyesight problems as soon as they emerge. 

Specialists claim that failing to do this could also result in sizeable penalties including fines and penalty points.

Easyquote said: “Drivers are required to notify the DVLA of any deterioration in their eyesight or if they suffer from visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma. 

“According to DVLA regulations, drivers must be capable of reading a number plate from 20 metres, assistance from glasses or contact lenses is permissible, but these must be worn at all times while driving.

“Regrettably, failing to meet the minimum eyesight requirements could result in a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points on their licence if they are found driving. 

“Furthermore, drivers with inadequate vision may have their licences immediately revoked by the police if deemed a hazard on the road.”

Although eyesight issues could apply to any road user, older motorists are likely to be the most at-risk demographic. 

Previous data from the RAC found that 14 percent of drivers above the age of 65 have stopped driving altogether due to being dazzled by headlights’ glare.

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) there are over two million people in the UK with sight loss. 

However, a staggering 80 percent of those older than 65 years of age while 60 percent are above 75. 

The DVLA is understood to be considering major changes to eyesight tests over the coming year. However, the updates seem to only impact driving tests meaning exams for older motorists are likely to be left out. 

In the DVLA’s 2023/24 business plan, they wrote: “We are considering how the eyesight test is administered during a driving test.”

They also promised to work with the DVLA’s medical panel to ensure that any new rules meet standards. 

They added: “Potential changes to how we conduct the eyesight test were the subject of a public consultation. Most respondents supported the proposal to have more flexibility about how we conduct the eyesight test. 

“The aim of the change is to provide more flexibility about when the driving test is conducted and in different levels of light.”


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