Important DVLA rule could see motorists who wear glasses face up to £1k fine

A DVLA motoring rule could see drivers with a glasses prescription slapped with a huge fine.

People who are not wearing glasses which they need to drive a car can risk a punishment if they're involved in an incident. In addition, they could rack up fines if they're at fault.

These individuals also risk invalidating their car insurance policy. It's important for drivers with short sight or other eye conditions to wear specs behind the wheel.

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The DVLA regulations state motorists "must wear glasses or contact lenses every time they drive if they need them to meet the 'standards of vision for driving'."

It is also mandatory to inform the DVLA if you have any eyesight problems. The rule states drivers should be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary), a car number plate made after September 1, 2001, from 20 metres.

Additionally, drivers must have an adequate field of vision and opticians can provide more information about this and conduct a test.

At the start of a practical driving test, you would be required to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle. Failure to do so will result in failing the test.

The DVLA will be informed and your licence will be revoked.

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When renewing your driving licence, the DVLA will require you to undergo an eyesight examination with the DVSA. This takes place at a designated driving test centre.

Even if you pass this test, you will still be required to successfully complete the standard DVSA eyesight test during your subsequent practical driving exam.

The DVLA allows people to drive with one eye if they have a full "field of vision" in their other eye. It said: "If you have total loss of sight in one eye, you must not have any problem with the field of vision in your other eye.

"If you have any doubt about whether you can meet the relevant standard, get advice from your GP, optician or eye specialist."

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