As part of this important national initiative, we'll again be joining with other organisations across the UK to raise awareness of how regular Eye Tests can help prevent road accidents.
The connection between poor vision and motoring-related incidents simply cannot be ignored. Which is why we urge everyone, especially regular drivers, to have an Eye Test at least every two years.
For this year's Road Safety Week there'll be a particular focus on professional drivers, reflecting the growing number of people who drive for work and the significant increase in van, lorry and taxi traffic.
each year are estimated to be caused by poor driver vision
UK drivers admit to driving with less than perfect vision
licence holders have never had an Eye Test
put off visiting an optician when noticing problems with their vision
needing glasses or contact lenses have had an accident in the past two years
is now the UK’s third most dangerous occupation, after deep-sea fishing and coal mining
To reduce the number casualties on UK roads, we have been asking members of parliament to back our call for driver eye health to become a greater political priority. Ahead of Road Safety Week 2017, we’ve increased our lobbying of MPs, with a number of parliamentary events planned at both Westminster and Holyrood. While failing to get the government to display ‘Eye Tests Save Lives’ signs across highways in England, we have had success in Scotland and Wales, where the signs were displayed in both 2015 and 2016.
The current Highways England strategic plan for road safety is overlooking the fact eye health is an issue. We know that each year, there are an estimated 2,900 casualties caused by poor driver vision alone. Research also shows that five million drivers on UK roads would fail a number plate test if they had to take it again. We are encouraged by parliamentarians’ interest in this issue and plan to continue raising awareness to
get our message across about the importance of regular Eye Tests for drivers.
Jonathan Lawson CEO Vision Express
We are supporting Road Safety Week by offering Free Eye Tests at any Vision Express store until 31 December 2017. All you have to do is click here before 26 November to download your Free Eye Test voucher.Free Eye Test Voucher