Drivers 'favouring future eye test legislation'

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Brits are in favour of regular eye examinations being made a legal requirement for drivers, according to a new report.

Research commissioned by Specsavers has found that 53 per cent of UK drivers think such tests should be done every two years, with an additional 30 per cent thinking drivers should get their eyes checked every five years.

Only six per cent of respondents said the measure was unnecessary.

The study also found that 26 per cent of road users have never had their eyes tested since passing their driving test.

Some ten per cent of respondents admitted to having an accident or a near miss due to not wearing their glasses while behind the wheel.

Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, said people who do not get their sight checked can present "a very real danger on our roads".

She added: "We have long campaigned for regular compulsory eye examinations for drivers, along with the need for drivers to carry a spare pair of glasses when driving."

A recent report by the Institute of Advanced Motorists found that young uninsured drivers spend up to 3.7 million hours a month driving on UK roads.

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