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Specsavers screen MP vision as ‘Fit to Drive’ campaign reaches Parliament

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 15:00
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SIGHT: Specsavers test MP vision

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare have brought their ‘Fit to Drive’ campaign to Parliament, testing the vision of dozens of MPs.

The event, hosted alongside RSA and Brake, saw Specsavers offer vision screening to all MPs with an interest in road safety and eye health.

‘Fit to Drive’ was launched in 2011.

Laura Butler, Key Accounts Manager for Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, said: “Fit to Drive has targeted support from prominent parliamentarians from the start but for MPs to put themselves forward and take part in vision screening was a great display of their support.”

Specsavers used a portable eye screening machine in the tests, which tests whether a person’s eyesight meets with the basic legal requirements for driving.

This equates to the ability to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres.

However, the ‘Fit to Drive’ campaign calls for the current test to be scrapped and replaced with an eye examination by a qualified professional for all learner drivers.

Furthermore, it calls for eye tests to be mandatory every ten years, linked to driving licence renewal.

Matthew Maxwell Scott, Fit to Drive Campaign Manager at the RSA, said: “Specsavers made sure we had a really successful event.

“They were able to bring this important issue to life for MPs and it was a great way to get our messages across about eye health and road safety.”

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