Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley, has been named Brake’s Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for her campaign to introduce regular eye tests for drivers.
Mrs Munn started the campaign after being contacted by a constituent whose niece was killed by a driver with defective eyesight.
Her campaign calls for driver eye tests to be carried out by qualified practitioners using a scientifically recognised method, instead of the current limited number plate test, and for drivers to be re-tested at least every 10 years, at the same time as applying for a new licence photocard.
Meg Munn MP said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded Road Safety Parliamentarian of the month. Having your eyes tested is such a simple thing, and we know it saves lives. I’d encourage all drivers to have their eyes tested regularly.”
Julie Townsend, Brake campaigns director, said: “Being able to see clearly is fundamental to safe, responsible driving.
“We hope to see common sense winning through: to make our roads safer we need a scientific eyesight test carried out at the start of your driving career and regularly throughout it. We would like to thank Meg for her continued hard work pushing this vital issue.”
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