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Driving Standards

To drive legally in the UK, you must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres (with glasses or contact lenses if necessary). You must also have a visual acuity of 6/12 on a Snellen chart. If you are a bus or lorry driver, your visual acuity must be 6/7.5 in your best eye. Here at SPX we have fully qualified optometrists who can test your eyes to ensure you meet the minimum standards for driving.

You must declare to the DVLA if there are any changes to your vision that can affect your driving standards. If you are unsure whether your driving standards are affected, you can book in for a sight test at our Nuthall Road branch where we will carry out a number of tests to determine if you need glasses for driving.

There are also medical conditions that can affect your eyesight which need to be declared to the DVLA, or you could face a fine if it is not declared. A list of these conditions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving.