Eye tests warning from road safety group

DERBY and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging businesses to take road safety seriously after a survey revealed that more than half of fleet operators do not record when drivers last had their eyes tested.

A survey of 127 fleet operators by road safety charity Brake found that 56 per cent do not record when drivers last had their eyes tested through a company scheme or privately.

Mike Ashworth, the deputy strategic director of environmental services at Derbyshire County Council, said: “This is worrying news. Employers have a duty to manage the risk posed by employees driving for work – that’s why it’s so important to make sure that staff have regular sight checks.

“All of a driver’s skills, training and years of experience are meaningless if they are unable to spot hazards in time due to poor eyesight.

Mike added: “Our advice to employers is that they should make sure everyone who drives for work has regular eye tests – not just professional fleet drivers. Employers are responsible for the actions of everyone who is driving on business even if they are travelling in their own car.”

For more information about managing work-related driving visit: www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com or www.saferroadsderbyshire.org.uk/employees