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Drivers' Vision

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police officers have to check motorists are driving with vision of the required standard; and what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such powers. (113766)

It is an offence under section 96 (1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA) for a person to drive a motor vehicle on a road while his eyesight, corrected by glasses or contact lenses if necessary, is such that he cannot comply with the requirement prescribed by the Act. Under section 96(2) RTA a constable with reason to suspect that a driver is committing this offence may require the driver to undergo an eye test. Exercise of this power is an operational matter for the police. I am not aware of any reason to consider these provisions insufficient.