Keep Your Eyes on 2011 - 24th June 2009

There is a new EU directive set to be introduced in 2011, that requires eyesight testing every 10 to 15 years for car drivers and every 5 years for commercial vehicle drivers.

Passed in 2006 the directive is in response to the increasing number of drivers on the public highway with defective eyesight and to unify all eyesight requirements across Europe. In the UK we have the standard requirement to be able to read a number plate at 20 meters which was implemented in the 1930’s.

Companies will need to start to ensure that their drivers have eye tests to meet the legislation requirements also systems will need to accommodate the management and recording of eye tests to prove that they have taken reasonable care to ensure that the drivers are fit to drive.

Drivers at higher risk may need to be checked and managed more closely to ensure they do not pose a greater risk to other road users whilst driving for business. We will shortly be providing an update to frm to help companies meet their obligations to record and manage eyesight checks on company drivers.

If you should wish to discuss this further please contact a member of the fleetrisk24 team who will be happy to help.

Telephone 01732 864 999

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