Do you have employees driving on company business? Do they have a regular eye examination? Poor vision is dangerous; don’t turn a blind eye to driver safety at work.
As an employer, you have a duty-of-care to ensure employees are fit to drive, whether they operate a company car or their own vehicle, as part of their main working role.
So, whether you employ field sales people, a fleet of delivery staff or a team of service engineers, knowing their vision is good is a simple thing to check, but with life saving consequences.
According to Brake, the road safety charity, estimates say road crashes caused by poor driver vision cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33 million in the UK per year.
A Brake survey also found that one in four UK drivers haven’t had a vision test in the past two years, and more than 1.5 million licence holders have never had their eyes tested.
Every year in the UK, an estimated 12.5 million people who are due a test do not have one. It is estimated up to five million UK drivers would fail a number-plate test if they had to take it again.
Experts recommend an eye examination every two years, with some leading motor organisations now calling on the Government to impose mandatory checks.
Vision specialists Specsavers website gives more details in an article 10 things every employee should know about driver eyesight and the Business Car Manager website also has an interesting article on this subject.
Vision tests don’t cost the earth, but could save lives.