Quality of eye sight was being given serious consideration during the British Insurers Motor Conference.
Industry professionals were looking at a range of options when trying to improve the way in which young people approach road safety and improving road safety in the future.
Jon Sellors, the group head of thought leadership at RSA, instigated talks supporting the improvement of eyesight to benefit road safety.
One of Mr Sellors’ main concerns was focused on how you are only tested on eyesight when you take your driving examination, then again when you are 70 years old.
Mr Sellors backed up his concerns with data from research which showed that, out of 2,000 people questioned, 21% confessed to struggling to read road signs.
One in five of those questioned had not had an eye test in the past two years.
“No one knows for certain how many people are on our roads effectively driving blind,” explained Mr Sellors.
“It is obvious that the current regime that we have for testing driver’s eyesight is woefully inadequate.”
Mr Sellors even suggested that the standard ‘number plate reading test’ should be “scrapped” and replaced with a thorough test by an optician before a licence can be given.
In addition to this, he believes that anyone who renews their licence should have to prove that they have had an eye test within the past two years as a part of the renewal process.
“We are acutely aware that nothing will happen without widespread support,” he added.
“However, 89% of MP’s when questioned agreed that people with poor eyesight are a danger to themselves and other road users.
“Furthermore over half of those MP’s agreed that an eye test should be part of the driving license renewal process and would also support legislation to increase the provision for eyesight testing when people take a driving test.”
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