Changes to the Group 1 and Group 2 driver licensing standards for vision came into effect from the 1st May 2012 and were then refined in March 2013. The changes mean that:
• Must still be able to read a number plate (post-1.9.2001 font) from 20 metres, with corrective lenses if necessary. • Must also have a binocular visual acuity of 0.5 (6/12), with corrective lenses if necessary, but we will not require drivers to have their eyesight tested as part of the application process for a car/motorcycle licence. • If a driver has been advised by their doctor or optometrist that they cannot meet 0.5 (6/12) with corrective lenses they must tell DVLA. • Drivers who cannot meet this standard will not be licensed. • Bioptic (telescope) devices are still not permitted for driving in the UK.
• Must have a visual acuity of 6/7.5 in the better eye and the worse eye standard has reduced to 6/60. • If glasses are worn, this must have a power no greater than +8 dioptres (dioptres = strength of the glasses lens) • If a doctor completing a medical examination required for lorry and bus driver licensing cannot measure 6/7.5 on the Snellen Chart or interpret a driver’s glasses prescription (where glasses are worn), the driver will need to have the vision assessment section of the D4 examination report completed by an optician.Any fees associated with the completion of the D4 examination report must be paid by the driver.