DVLA issues warning to drivers or risk going to court

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DVLA issues warning to drivers or risk going to court
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DVLA issues winter warning to drivers or risk going to court.

The DVLA has warned motorists to ensure that they check their eyesight this winter. Nights are drawing in and driving conditions are set to worsen. All drivers must be able to read 20 metres in front of them.

The DVLA has urged drivers to check that they meet the eyesight requirements before driving. Drivers are advised to head to their local optician and get an eyesight check if they have any concerns over their vision.

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According to Birmingham Live, drivers who cannot read a licence plate from 20 metres face losing their driving licence. This became law in September 2001.

This is not the only eyesight standard imposed by the DVLA. The DVLA also require a minimum level of visual acuity.

People who do not meet the eyesight standards could face court prosecution. This could lead to drivers losing their licence or being fined


The DVLA’s senior doctor Dr Wyn Parry explained: “The number plate test is a simple and effective way for people to check their eyesight meets the required standards for driving.

“The easiest and quickest way to do this is to work out what 20 metres looks like at the roadside – this is typically about the length of 5 cars parked next to each other – and then test yourself on whether you can clearly read the number plate.

“It’s an easy check to perform any time of day at the roadside and takes just a couple of seconds.


“Having good eyesight is essential for safe driving, so it’s really important for drivers to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician – don’t wait for your next check-up.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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