Driver eye tests every 10 years?

  1. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    I see the optometrists are worried about drivers eyesight. They are proposing compulsory eye tests every 10 years (don’t suppose they would be public spirited enough to provide them free?)
    Whilst there is a real problem with some drivers ignoring their deteriorating eyesight, I hope the government doesn’t follow the model of MOT testing by putting the testing in the hands of testers with a vested interest. What chance of leaving the testing station without a pair of glasses (even your eyes are perfect)?
    RonA
     
  2. rikrobson

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    We have free eyetests and free prescriptions in Scotland

    I really doesn't matter idf they introduce tests or not. Its still illegal todrive with defective eyesight. Many glasses wearers have a restriction on their licences too.
     
  3. CompoSimmonite Member

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    As a glasses wearer I don't find anything wrong with drivers having compulsary eye tests. Maybe introduce them at same time as the 70 year old review ?
    I've lost my licence a couple of times due to health issues and last time had to take a disabled driving test before I was allowed to drive again. Whilst not being able to drive was PIA I fully agree as I wasn't fit enough at the time. I'm sure there are many drivers out there who are also not fit enough for various reasons yet don't realise it themselves.
     
  4. colnerov

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    Hi, Anyone with a vocational licence (HGV or PSV) will have an eye test as part of the medical every 5 yrs, using just a snellen chart which can be done by your Doctor (for a fee). It should be just a pass or fail but they could decide to add other things as well. Thin edge of the wedge and all that. Photocard licences have to be renewed every 10 yrs so they could add it to that as well.

    Colin
     
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  5. mrfuzzy

    mrfuzzy Forum Supporter

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    When I got my Ontario driving licence, I had to take an eyetest there, pass or fail, they also did my photo and gave me a temp licence to show to the cops if needed, card came in the mail about a week or so later.
     
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  6. johnik

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    Friend of mine had to have an eye test as she has diabetes, she passed somehow, both her cars show wall/car interface damage and she uses a stick with a golf ball on the end to walk as she cant see below eye level....kept her licence for another year tho :o
     
  7. wookie

    wookie Can't I have an easy job for once ?

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    Why should they offer them for free ? You don't expect a free MOT, besides which there is no such thing as "free", the taxpayer picks up the bill which ultimately means you pay anyway.

    If it was "free" (aka taxpayer funded) then anyone who doesn't drive but is a taxpayer is then subsidising your privilege to drive which hardly seems fair IMHO.

    The problem is people don't want to pay the proper price for anything so they tempt you in with a low price and then try and stiff you for extras such as you need new brake pads etc when you have a MOT done or in the case of an optometrist - you need glasses.

    If you pay a proper price for an eye test then there is no need for them to try and sell you glasses as well, anywhere offering an eye test for less than £20 is gonna want to flog you glasses. Besides £20 every 10 years is well worth paying for the privilege to drive, just remember it's not a right!
     
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  8. CornishPete Member

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    In principle I have no objections to something like this being rolled out but you can absolutely guarantee a whole new 'industry' will spring up around it run by private companies making large profits. Every 'safety' course I've ever been on at work (eg asbestos awareness, cscs, pasma, trailer test etc...) have become legal requirements and cost me a large amount of time and money to do. Safety is always the excuse they hide behind but really it's just another way to extract money. Some of them are so pointless a 10 year old could pass. Makes my blood boil. At the very least they should be done at cost price, not £200 to sit in a room with ten other people for a morning watching a slide show telling you a chainsaw is dangerous, be careful!
     
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  9. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    The proposal was satirical, the fact that they’ve proposed it means one of two things, they either believe it’s a real safety issue or cynically it could be a nice little earner for them.
    RonA
     
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  10. hal 1 Member

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    Quite a few people qualify for a free eye test, anyone over 60 does and as it seems to be the elderly who have poor eyesight there's no reason not to have one, I include myself in there.
     
  11. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    They should add a driving assessment to it
     
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  12. CornishPete Member

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    Don't older drivers already have to have an eye test/medical? Surely reducing the age threshold to say 60 and having a yearly test (which is free anyway) would see the maximum benefit with the minimum inconvenience for everyone else? What's the point in testing every 27 year old drivers eyes?
     
  13. Justme

    Justme Member

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    Stuff the eye test.

    Most cant drive safe after 10 years.
     
  14. brightspark

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    reaction and eyesight tests deffo for old farts :laughing:
     
  15. wookie

    wookie Can't I have an easy job for once ?

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    The trouble is that the car driving test doesn't really produce safe drivers either, just people with a basic knowledge of the highway code and the rudiments of driving skill. Some of the "bad habits" that we all pick up as drivers are better than the "official" way that people are taught, but those "bad habits" would cause most of us to fail a re-test if we had to do one.

    Personally I have no problem with an eye test becoming compulsory to retain your driving license, actually I'd go further and include a fields test and a checkup at the doctors.
     
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  16. Tiggy_dorset

    Tiggy_dorset It looks just like a bought one!

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    I could live with compulsory eye tests as long as there is the option to be tested by bodies without the vested interest to make money. I always MOT my car by a local garage for £50. He carries no parts on the shelf and has passed my car every year for the past 5 years (Except last month which I MOT'd at the local council depot...and passed). I would never dream of MOTing my car at these £20 jobby garages, they need to make their money somehow for offering such cheap MOT's.
     
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  17. gaz1 Member

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    if these are anything to go by then no

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/oct/17/motorists-banned-dvla-eyesight-test-faulty-equipment

    https://www.aop.org.uk/ot/professio...d-for-thousands-of-drivers-with-poor-eyesight

    however i do agree to an eyetest performed by 2 opticians before revoke and not by a dvla sending you to an appointed one as they can and do get the exams wrong on many a case that specsavers have tested people

    theres enough complaints about specsavers getting there perscriptions wrong

    https://www.google.com/search?sourc.....0.24.1762...0i131k1j0i22i30k1.0.9Q30MvynqhY
     
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  18. Nomad Member

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    There are so many problems on the road (poor driving, roadrage, lack of observation/planning, tailgating, hesitant, speeding, roadworks, speedhumps, potholes - that a regular eyesight test is almost a pointless excersise.
    My first thoughts are "PR soundbite" or a new way to fleece the motorist.

    In a single 100 mile trip a few years ago (A1 from Yorkshire to Tyneside) I saw :
    car on a sliproad onto a motorway doing a 3-point turn so they could go back and avoid the motorway !
    car following a truck in the slow lane (50mph ?) - it suddenly pulled out into the outside lane (doing 70 mph ?), very nearly causing a crash.
    a driver stoped at a give-way in a busy town blocking traffic while he unloaded his passengers and their luggage.

    I'd like to offer a solution that would work but I don't have one !
     
  19. Pete.

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    I agree with it. Being able to see properly is fundamental to being able to drive properly.
     
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  20. brightspark

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    an old guy I was talking to said he had been driving for over 70 years and hadn't had an accident :)I said did u ever look in your mirror and see what carnage u have caused :laughing:
     
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