An 85-year-old man involved in a minor collision in George V Avenue, Worthing on March 28th was required by police to take an eyesight test at the roadside, which he failed. The DVLA were immediately contacted and within a matter of hours his licence was revoked.
A number of people have had their driving licence revoked within a matter of hours after failing an eyesight test after a new law came into effect at the start of the year.
The new procedure – named Cassie’s Law – came into effect in January 2013 and now means drivers can be banned within hours of failing an eye test. The law was named after a 16-year-old girl from Colchester, Cassie McCord, who was killed while standing on a pavement and struck by a car being driven by an 87-year-old man who had failed an eye test three days before.
Cassie’s mother Jackie campaigned to have licences immediately revoked and collected 45,000 signatures and so the Department for Transport worked to accelerate the process whereby a licence could be revoked by the DVLA within a matter of hours.
Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas for the Road Policing Unit said: “This new law means that officers and the DVLA are working together to make sure that drivers’, whose eyesight does not meet requirements, are taken off the roads as soon as possible.
“Driving while not having eyesight up to scratch can put you and others in serious danger. Please don’t take that risk and make sure you wear glasses and contact lenses with the right prescription or get your eyes tested.
“If you suspect someone is driving while not meeting the driving eyesight requirements, please report it to police on 101.”
Drivers must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away in good light, wearing glasses or contact lenses if they need them.
Those who have their licences revoked may be able to get them back if they can prove to the DVLA that they have taken the necessary steps to improve their vision, by getting glasses for example, but a licence may be permanently revoked if they are medically unfit to drive.