Vision tests to impact car insurance?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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Road safety charity GEM Motoring Assist has urged for the government to reassess vision tests for drivers, which could change motor insurance premiums for those with poor eyesight.

GEM has announced the request to coincide with World Glaucoma Week in an effort to raise awareness of the safety issues triggered by drivers with poor vision.

At the moment, the British driving test calls on motorists to read a licence plate from 20 metres away, but the government is exploring the idea of lowering this distance to 17.5 metres.

GEM is worried about the government relaxing the rules when there are already an estimated four million drivers on British roads who would not meet the minimum eyesight requirements.

The charity believes that the test should be more stringent and be conducted by a professional on a regular basis.

David Williams MBE, chief executive officer of GEM Motoring Assist, said: "With more frequent, obligatory eye tests for motorists there is a higher chance of catching problems, such as glaucoma, at a much earlier stage."

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