Direct action to reduce road accidents caused by drivers with defective vision.

Sign our petition for compulsory, regular vision screening for all drivers.

You can lose up to 40% of vision before you notice a problem. Learn what to look out for.

The Driving Blind Campaign is petitioning the Government to take direct action to significantly reduce road accidents caused by drivers with defective vision, a behaviour pattern linked to 3,000 casualties every year.

A national campaign to stop UK motorists ‘driving blind’ is being launched with support from MPs, opticians and community activists. Shockingly, drivers in the UK can pass their test without having a full examination to prove their eyes are roadworthy and drive for the rest of their lives unpoliced.

The Driving Blind Campaign follows a high-profile case in March 2017, when Sutton Coldfield pensioner John Place was jailed for killing three-year-old Poppy-Arabella Clarke at a pelican crossing as she crossed the road with her mother, Rachel. He told police that he had not seen the red light or the pelican crossing and had previously been advised to stop driving by an optician.

The #DrivingBlind Manifesto:

A solution is offered in the Road Safety Starts with Good Vision Manifesto, which will be presented in the House of Commons. It requires new drivers to be vision tested and certified by an optician, with follow-up tests every decade up to the age of 70, and then every three years.

Prevention and care

There are several ways to help driving and prevent hazards causing accidents

You shouldn’t be driving a car, lorry or motorcycle if your vision does not meet the standards of vision for driving.

Answer these simple questions to check if you’re at risk of #DrivingBlind and find out what you can do to see clearly again.

Approximately 3,000 casualties occurred in the UK due to drivers having poor vision.

#DRIVINGBLIND news and views

Stop motorists driving blind, government is urged

A national campaign to stop UK motorists ‘driving blind’ is being launched with support from MPs, opticians and community activists. Shockingly, drivers in the UK can pass their test without having a vision examination by an optician to prove their eyes are roadworthy and can then drive for the rest of their lives unpoliced. The Driving Blind Campaign is petitioning the Government to take direct…

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Why I’m crusading against “driving blind”

Every day in Britain drivers risk their own lives and others’ and cause injuries. Not because they’ve been drinking, speeding or using mobile phones – but because their eyesight is so poor they are effectively “driving blind”. With 27 million vehicles on the UK’s congested roads, it is madness that our regulations governing vision screening for car drivers are among the least robust in Europe. In…

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Cyclists say NO to #Driving Blind

The Driving Blind petition for statutory periodic vision screening for all drivers is winning support from cyclists and their pressure groups, as we always knew it would. We even see it turning into an entire new movement to #Say NO to Driving blind. It’s not before time.  UK regulations for drivers’ eye-sight are among the weakest in Europe and rely on self-regulation and reporting. Road safety…

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Police and road safety veteran Says NO to #DrivingBlind

By Martin Cooke, trustee of GEM Road Safety Charity I am supporting the campaign because of my experiences as a police officer where I dealt with a number of totally unnecessary crashes caused entirely by drivers bad eyesight.  These drivers had depended on an element of luck, familiarity with roads or the instructions of others but sometimes it went horribly wrong. Most drivers attempted to…

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Bath residents and MP say NO to #Driving Blind

Wera Hobhouse MP rallies Bath to support petition  I’m supporting the Driving Blind petition for statutory vision screening for drivers.  Bath and North East Somerset is the launch pad for an entirely new movement of people saying #Say NO to Driving blind, which I take great pride in. If you care about road safety, please join me in Milsom Street on Friday July 27th, in the area near GAP between…

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