Specsavers puts MPs’ vision to the test under Fit to Drive campaign
The eyecare specialist has been involved in the campaign since it was launched by leading insurers RSA and road safety charity Brake in 2011. The campaign calls for the current “number plate test” to be scrapped and replaced with an eye examination by a qualified professional for all learner drivers. Furthermore, it calls for eye tests to be mandatory every 10 years, linked to driving licence renewal.
Building on this, Specsavers Corporate Eyecare offered vision screening by a qualified optometrist to all MPs with an interest in road safety and eye health and dozens took the opportunity to have the eyes checked.
Matthew Maxwell Scott, RSA’s Fit to Drive campaign manager, said: ‘Specsavers made sure we had a really successful event. They were able to bring this important issue to life for MPs and it was a great way to get our messages across about eye health and road safety.’
The portable eye screening machine used for events like these allows Specsavers Corporate Eyecare to check whether a person’s eyesight meets with the basic legal requirements for driving, which equates to the ability to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres.