Swinton Commercial is warning van drivers and fleet managers to ensure that they have the legal eyesight requirement before they go behind the wheel after a survey revealed that nearly one fifth of van drivers have not had an eye test for three years or more.
The UK business van insurance retailer surveyed 1,200 online customers and found that 19% of van drivers have missed eye tests, possibly falling short of the legal eyesight requirement and putting themselves and other motorists in danger.
The distance requirement for an eyesight test at the beginning of a practical driving test is 20 metres for vehicles displaying the new style licence plate or 20.5 metres for vehicle displaying the old style. Drivers who cannot read a number plate from this distance, using lenses or glasses if necessary, will not be allowed to take their test.
Missing an eye test could mean that van drivers might not have perfect 20/20 vision, possibly putting themselves and other road users in danger. According to the research, the most common reason for not going to an eye test was that “I don’t have time” (57%), while another reason was “I don’t feel it is necessary” (24%). A motorist caught driving with uncorrected defective eyesight will risk having conviction code MS70 on their licence, which carries three points.
Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, “As van drivers spend a lot of their working day on the road it is really important that their eyesight is tested on a regular basis. Failure to do so could endanger their life and the lives of other road users. It could also result in an unnecessary van insurance claim and points on their licence.”
— Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group — Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009 — With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK’s largest high street insurance retailer — Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community — Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance — With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
Contacts: SKV Communications Jonathan Brook, Caroline Eardley or Mairead Rodden 0161 838 7770 www.skvcommunications.co.uk