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Motorists throw weight behind Brake proposals for mandatory eye tests

An online poll by the car supermarket found 66.6% of the 1,500 people quizzed would support the road safety charity’s recent proposals for motorists to take a professional sight test every 10 years.

Brake revealed earlier this year that more than 1.5m drivers in the UK have never had their eyes tested and by making the eye tests compulsory it could potentially reduce the number of road traffic casualties caused by poor vision by almost 3,000 a year. Currently the only measure to check a person’s eyesight is carried out during the driving test, and occasionally if the police suspect eyesight problems during a roadside incident.

Mark Carpenter, managing director of Motorpoint, said: ‘The message is clear from our recent online poll – motorists welcome mandatory eye tests being introduced at some point in the future. How this will work in practice remains to be seen but the idea of compulsory regular eyesight tests certainly seems to make common sense.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.