Local MP Gregg McClymont recently attended an RSA Insurance Group’s ‘Fit to Drive’ road safety and eye health drop-in eye test event in Parliament.
Supported by road safety charity Brake and the Optical Confederation, the event saw MPs tested to see whether they meet the UK’s minimum eye health standards.
Research shows that poor vision results in nearly 3,000 casualties in the UK each year. In addition to injury and loss of life, road crashes are costly for individuals, their families and the wider economy. The total cost of crashes due to poor driver vision is estimated to be £33m a year.
Gregg said: “Drivers should take their responsibilities for their own and other people’s safety extremely seriously. An important part of this is making sure their eyesight meets the standards required and they wear their glasses or lenses every time they drive if they need them.
“Thousands of crashes happen every year because of poor vision, at great cost to those involved and to the economy as a whole.
“I’m glad to say that I’m fit to drive but it’s vital everyone gets their eyes tested regularly to make sure they are safe too.”