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DVLA updates medical guidance on visual standards for drivers

News posted: 07/08/2013

The Optical Confederation has welcomed the release of updated guidance by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) advising motorists of their legal responsibilities to maintain the correct visual and health standards when driving. The new materials include an update of the D4 medical form (for drivers of large vehicles such as lorries and buses) and advice for medical practitioners when completing it, and additional information on the public-facing web portal.

The Optical Confederation bodies are reaching out to their membership to make them aware of the new materials, enabling them to educate their patients accordingly. The Optical Confederation will be issuing new guidance for optical professionals later this summer, and have re-released their ‘Your Eyes Save Lives’ campaign poster for practitioners to use to inform road users about the importance of driving with good vision.

The Optical Confederation has been campaigning for over three years to press for more robust assessment of drivers’ vision and to increase awareness of the importance of always driving with good vision. The Optical Confederation will continue to support and work with government in informing the public of their responsibilities and providing the best clinical advice for motorists.

Mark Nevin, speaking on behalf of the Optical Confederation, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with government and road safety organisations to ensure that motorists and the general public are aware of the legal responsibilities to drive with good vision and that they receive the best advice on how to maintain good vision throughout their lives. We will shortly issue new guidance to Optical Confederation members about assessing all categories of drivers’ vision.”