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Government U-turn on driver eyesight tests

Following apparent U-turns on the ‘pasty tax’ and VAT on static caravans, the Government has now scrapped plans to make driver eyesight tests easier for the majority of motorists.

Controversial proposals were on the table to reduce the distance required to read a number plate to 17.5 metres, but after a series of consultations, it is to stay at 20 metres.

A tightening up on some vision limits for all motorists were among a slew of changes announced by Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, which also included a relaxation on the strict laws governing epilepsy.

Under current laws, any driver diagnosed with epilepsy had to surrender their licence. However, after taking extensive medical opinions, the DVLA is easing the ban on sufferers, so long as they meet certain criteria.

Penning, said, “Road safety is a top priority for the Government and our licensing rules have an important role in ensuring that Britain maintains its position as having some of the safest roads in the world.

“We must make sure that only those who are safe to drive do so, while at the same time avoiding placing unnecessary restrictions on people’s independence.

“We believe that these changes strike the right balance in allowing as many people as possible to drive, without compromising safety.”

Some changes have already been introduced with the vast majority of the new standards expected to come into force later this year. This follows a public consultation that sought views on the implementation of European minimum medical standards for drivers.

Author: Paul Wilkinson

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