You may think it’s a private matter, but as a driver, you need to declare deterioration in vision. Blurring the morality between a person’s privacy and the public’s safety is clearly not right.
At FCS Insurance, we encourage fleet managers to update driver vision policies to better protect their employees and their business
Did you know, in a survey conducted by Venson Automotive Solutions, 70% of motorists have started wearing glasses or contact lenses since passing their driving test, but have not informed the DVLA. Conflicting advice on the rules could be partly to blame, leading to confusion over what is required or recommended.
As reponsible drivers, we are all to aware of the £1,000 fine for failing to update details such as name and address on your driving licence, but there is widespread uncertainty over whether the DVLA needs to be informed when someone has to start wearing glasses or contacts for driving. If the DVLA is informed that a driver requires glasses or contact lenses to drive, an 01 code is added to the list on the reverse of the licence.
Keith Bell of The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents explains: “Legally, if the driver of a car can read a newer-style number plate (2001 or later), from 20m away, with or without glasses or contact lenses for long or short-sightedness, they are classified as meeting the standards of vision for driving but must wear their glasses or contact lenses when driving if necessary to read the number plate.
“There is a set list of conditions which must be immediately declared, and this can be found at Gov.uk. There are also more stringent requirements for drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses.”
If a driver with the 01 code on their licence was pulled over by the police and was found not to be wearing their corrective lenses, they would face a fine of up £1,000 and 3-6 points, and the employer could be liable under duty of care laws. Any fleet operator – whether they run company cars, a grey fleet, HGVs or plant machinery – has a duty of care to make sure their employees are aware of the rules and always wear the corrective lenses they need to drive safely. Adding a requirement that those needing glasses or contact lenses have the 01 code on their licence reduces the risk to the employer as well as to the driver and other road users, by increasing the incentive to always wear the correct glasses or contacts when driving.
Employees who drive as part of their job role must have regular eyesight tests, under current EU legislation, and the employer has a duty of care responsibility to confirm they are fit to drive – this includes passing the eyesight requirements. Any employer found to be in breach of these rules, and therefore putting their employee and other road users at risk, could be prosecuted.
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