The Award Winning Private Number Plate Specialists

0203 600 1234

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

Motorists in West Midlands lose licences due to bad eyesight

After many calls for stricter measures regarding motorists with poor eyesight being banned from the roads, itís been revealed that hundreds of drivers have had their licences revoked in the West Midlands for this very reason.

Regardless of whether people have a private reg or traditional number plate, itís essential to ensure that, when driving, individuals have clear sight so they can keep themselves and those around them as safe as possible. This is because those who donít meet legal standards of vision put people ďat riskĒ, said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Under the current regulations, motorists are legally obliged to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if their sight changes. However, with no mandatory examinations, many people fail to do this, meaning they could be driving on the roads with extremely poor vision. This can often lead to accidents, resulting in injuries and, sometimes, fatalities. However, in some areas of the country it seems as if efforts are being taken to crack down on this, with 226 residents of the West Midlands losing their licenses last year because they couldnít pass eyesight tests. In the year 2011/12, 115 licences were taken, whilst 139 were revoked in 2012/13.

For the West Midlands, the vast majority of drivers in 2013/14 lost their licenses because they couldnít clearly read a number plate from the required distance. In addition, 98 were found not to meet the minimum field of vision for driving, whilst 58 didnít meet visual acuity standards. It means that the roads in this county may well be safer because more drivers are actually able to see properly.

Upon taking their driving practical test, people have to be able to read a number plate of a stationary vehicle 20 metres away. Thereís a minimum score of 6/12 on the Snellen Test that drivers have to hold; a sharpness of vision indicator thatís judged by reading rows of increasingly small letters. If people are unable to do this, they need to contact the DVLA. A spokesperson from the organisation said: ďWhere we are notified of a medical condition that may affect driving, we may contact the drivers doctor for further information. The driver may also be referred for a further medical examination, eye examination or a driving assessment as necessary. We then make an evidenced decision on whether the driver can retain their licence.Ē

Post comments...

Search over 40 million plates

Welcome to the Click4reg industry blog. Get your daily fix of the latest industry news and information for private number plates and motoring enthusiasts.

More Blog Posts








© 2021 Click4Reg Ltd

(Registered in England and Wales) Company No. 08578609 | Vat No. 165583776


Tel: 0203 600 1234  |  Email:

Click4Reg offers private registrations from both stock numbers & private sellers. DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Click4Reg Ltd is not affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Click4Reg Ltd is a recognised reseller of DVLA registrations, please see our terms & conditions for further details.

Registered office address: Click4Reg, Unit 2 Conqueror Industrial Estate, Moorhurst Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NA.

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC (FRN:704348) & Specialist Lending Ltd (FRN:422339) are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Click4reg Limited FRN: 630511 trading as Click4reg are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are a credit broker, not a lender - credit is subject to status and affordability, and is provided by a panel of lenders of whom we have a commercial relationship.