If you run a haulage company or any type of company that hires drivers, do you know the last time they had an eye test? Ensuring that your drivers have regular eye tests is critical if you don’t want to fall foul of the law and make your insurance policy invalid in the event of a road accident. With all the other considerations that you need to put in place for your drivers it’s very easy to lose sight of the requirement for eye tests ( if you can excuse the pun) but it’s definitely something that you need to have in place to make sure your insurance is validated. Checking that your drivers are safe to drive As a result of European directives, the requirement for drivers in the workplace to have regular eye tests became a part of UK law in 2013. As part of the directive, drivers need to pass a European Union eyesight standard to ensure that they are safe to drive. These tests include: A standard eyesight check – this is where the driver is asked to accurately read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres. If the driver fails the test they are required to undergo a full eyesight check. A visual acuity check – this is where the driver is asked to accurately read letters from a wall chart. Once again, failure of this test would require a full eyesight check. Field of vision test – if your drivers are required to drive buses, coaches or HGVs then they are required to achieve a higher pass level in this area in order to be allowed to drive. In all of the above, if your drivers currently wear glasses or contact lenses then they need to wear them during the tests. Keep a record of all eyesight tests The law states that your drivers need to have eye tests every five years and it’s your responsibility to keep a record of these tests and the results. If you don’t know the last time your drivers had an eye test then we urge you to get these tests done as soon as possible, keep a record and make sure you keep monitoring it. This means that if you have a driver who steps up from driving a van to a HGV, they need to be retested to make sure their eyesight is good enough to drive that class of vehicle. It sounds harsh but if any of your drivers fail these tests then they should be suspended from driving until they are able to pass. There’s too much at stake to allow them to drive and as an employer you will be liable if an accident was to happen. If you’re unsure about the detail of your business insurance cover and how eye testing forms a part of your policy requirements then please get in touch, we would be happy to advise.