posted 11 months ago

Prove Your Sight Meets Driving Standards via Number Plate Test

New EYE 735T Campaign says check your sight meets driving standards - and reveals how to get an overview in seconds

Number Plate Test explained

The Number Plate Test indicates whether your sight meets the standard required to drive legally, safely, and responsibly throughout The United Kingdom – so take it now, The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency argued. Its EYE 735T Campaign confirms it is quick, convenient, and straightforward to take the test. Simply:

  • Find a vehicle that has a current, new-style, registration plate that is parked in good daylight (September 2001 onwards)
  • Move twenty metres from the vehicle
  • Wear your spectacles or contact lenses if preferred
  • Confirm you can read the registration plate

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency’s Senior Doctor, Wyn Parry, said: “The Number Plate Test is a simple and effective way for people to check their sight meets the required standards”. He further revealed how to estimate twenty metres. It is “about the length of five cars parked next to each other”, Dr Parry confirmed.

Further requirements

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Your eyesight must meet further standards that can be assessed by an optician. Consider the Visual Acuity Test that relates to clarity, for starters. Your Snellen Chart rating (letters and numbers on the wall) must be at least 0.5 (6/12) with both eyes or – if you only have sight in a single eye – your good eye by itself.

The Field of Vision Test is required too. It confirms you see a wide enough area while looking forward with your eye(s) in a fixed position. It tests peripheral vision, in other words. At least one-hundred and twenty degrees is required to drive legally. For both such tests, you can wear spectacles or contact lenses if preferred.

Dr Parry therefore advises you to get a professional assessment regularly. He explained: “It is really important for drivers to have regular eye tests. Eyesight can naturally deteriorate over time, so anyone concerned about their eyesight should visit their optician. Do not wait for your next check-up”, Dr Parry emphasised.

Safety charity calls for new laws

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Brake is a road safety charity that supports the EYE 735T Campaign that runs in summer 2018. “Any campaign that reminds drivers to check their sight is welcome”, said Director of Campaigns Joshua Harris. However, he also argued for new legislation that requires motorists to have their sight tested professionally. He called for:

  • Motorists to prove they have passed a professional, recent, sight test when they sit the practical driving test
  • Motorists to have regular, professional, sight tests

“It should be obvious to all that the ability to see clearly is fundamental to safe driving”, Mr Harris concluded.