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Specsavers warns fleets of police action on roadside eye test failures

The DVLA and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have introduced a new system to deal with roadside eye test failures in a couple of hours rather than days. Once revoked, a licence will not be returned until a driver can demonstrate that their eyesight meets the required standard.

The new system was petitioned for as “Cassie’s Law” after Cassie McCord was killed by a driver who had failed a roadside eyesight check. The tragedy occurred three days after the failed test but before the DVLA had officially revoked the driver’s licence in writing.

The move has been welcomed by Specsavers. Suzanne Randall, corporate account manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: ‘This is particularly relevant for employers.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that an employer’s duty of care extends to all work activities, including driving for work purposes – even if this constitutes only an occasional short trip for a meeting.  It’s very simple for employers to ensure their staff have eyesight that’s good enough for driving, and the last thing they’d want is to have staff off the road because their licence has been revoked due to poor eyesight.  This is a chance for employers to put in preventative measures now.’

The company added that this year will see it work with a number of governing bodies and driving organisations to push for all drivers to have regular eye examinations or, at the very least, to provide evidence of a recent eye examination when renewing their driving licence.

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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.