Gwent Police to carry out roadside eyesight tests

South Wales Argus: Gwent Police to carry out roadside eyesight tests Gwent Police to carry out roadside eyesight tests

GWENT Police will be running a motorists’ eyesight campaign throughout February to ensure that people behind the wheel are safe to drive.

Officers will be carrying out roadside eye tests following collisions, as well as stopping vehicles to test drivers if they believe they have reason to do so.

Statistics show that a third of all drivers in Britain could be breaking the law because of their poor eyesight and are therefore a serious risk to themselves and others.

The test will involve drivers reading a registration plate from 20.5 metres, as is required when taking a driving test for the first time.

If the driver fails , they will be reported to the DVLA for possible licence revocation.

Sgt Keith Rich, who is running the campaign, said: “Many people may think their eyesight is an acceptable standard for driving, however it may have gradually deteriorated over time without them even realising.

“It is so important to get your eyes checked regularly; this is a basic and fundamental requirement for driving and road safety.

“Please be responsible and take this as a reminder to visit the opticians, the alternative could mean you risk losing your licence.”

If drivers are wearing glasses or contact lenses at the time they are stopped, they will be allowed to wear these when taking the test.

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11:14am Thu 30 Jan 14

minesapint says...

In view of how they have been fiddling crime figures by turning a blind eye it might be wise to put their own house in order first.
In view of how they have been fiddling crime figures by turning a blind eye it might be wise to put their own house in order first. minesapint

5:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lliswerry Man says...

"If drivers are wearing glasses or contact lenses at the time they are stopped, they will be allowed to wear these when taking the test."

I hope it was not a Police Officer who stated that, as WE are allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, we DO NOT need their permission for that, it was granted when we got our licences.

Total waste of Police Resources, unless the Police can prove otherwise.
"If drivers are wearing glasses or contact lenses at the time they are stopped, they will be allowed to wear these when taking the test." I hope it was not a Police Officer who stated that, as WE are allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, we DO NOT need their permission for that, it was granted when we got our licences. Total waste of Police Resources, unless the Police can prove otherwise. Lliswerry Man

6:58pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

It's the maniacs we see on our roads who have perfect eyesight they should be pulling in. The reason why they can't see is because they are driving with faulty lights and those who are looking at their phones, texting at the wheel they need to sort out.
But can we expect any more from Gwent Police?
It's the maniacs we see on our roads who have perfect eyesight they should be pulling in. The reason why they can't see is because they are driving with faulty lights and those who are looking at their phones, texting at the wheel they need to sort out. But can we expect any more from Gwent Police? bugsy93

2:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

Radio Wales says...

Lliswerry Man wrote:
"If drivers are wearing glasses or contact lenses at the time they are stopped, they will be allowed to wear these when taking the test."

I hope it was not a Police Officer who stated that, as WE are allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, we DO NOT need their permission for that, it was granted when we got our licences.

Total waste of Police Resources, unless the Police can prove otherwise.
I think it was meant as the exact opposite case applies.

If you need to wear specs or contacts to pass the test then it is a condition of your driving licence that you wear them on every occasion when you drive.

However if you need aids to qualify and you were not using your aid when stopped then you would not be permitted to use them for the spot check.

Obviously.
[quote][p][bold]Lliswerry Man[/bold] wrote: "If drivers are wearing glasses or contact lenses at the time they are stopped, they will be allowed to wear these when taking the test." I hope it was not a Police Officer who stated that, as WE are allowed to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, we DO NOT need their permission for that, it was granted when we got our licences. Total waste of Police Resources, unless the Police can prove otherwise.[/p][/quote]I think it was meant as the exact opposite case applies. If you need to wear specs or contacts to pass the test then it is a condition of your driving licence that you wear them on every occasion when you drive. However if you need aids to qualify and you were not using your aid when stopped then you would not be permitted to use them for the spot check. Obviously. Radio Wales

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