Older drivers at risk of having their licences ‘immediately revoked’ if they don’t follow this simple rule

An older couple driving

If older drivers don’t keep the DVLA updated about their eyesight, they could have their licence revoked

Older drivers are at risk of having their driving licence immediately revoked for not following a simple rule.  

Older drivers could be considered ‘hazard to the road’ 

Failure to update the DVLA with any eyesight problems as soon as they occur could result in fines, points on your licence or even your licence being revoked. 

Drivers are also required to notify the DVLA of any visual impairments such as cataracts or glaucoma.  

Fines of up to £1000 for failing to meet standards 

DVLA regulations state that drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away. Assistance such as glasses or contact lenses are allowed, but must be worn at all times while driving.  

Drivers failing to meet this standard could be fined up to £1000, along with receiving three penalty points on their licence if they’re found to be driving.  

Insurance comparison site Easyquote said: “Drivers with inadequate vision may have their licences immediately revoked by the police if deemed a hazard on the road”.  

Eyesight issues could apply to any driver, but older people are the most likely demographic to experience these problems. 

Dazzling headlights proves to be a problem 

14% of drivers over 65 have stopped driving altogether due to being dazzled by glare from headlights.  

Statistics from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) show that there are over two million people in the UK with sight loss, 80% of those people are over 65 years old, while 60% are over 75.  

DVLA considering changes to the eyesight test 

It seems the DVLA is considering major changes to the eyesight test over the next year. However, it appears these changes will only be taking place for the actual driving test, meaning repeat tests for older drivers are likely to be overlooked. 

Check out our blog on dazzling headlights if you’d like to know more

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