Changes to the Vision standards for Group 1 and 2 driversThursday 10th May 2012
Changes to the Group 1 and Group 2 driver licensing standards for vision came into effect from the 1 May 2012.
The changes mean that:-
Group 1 (cars and motorcycles): applicants and licence holders, will need to have a visual acuity of 6/12 (0.5 decimal) as well as being able to read the number plate from the prescribed distance.
Visual field: the present standard of a total field width of 120 degrees remains but in addition, there will need to be a field of at least 50 degrees on each side.
Group 2 (buses and lorries): applicants and licence holders must have a visual acuity, using corrective lenses if necessary, of at least 6/7.5 (0.8 decimal) in the better eye and at least 6/12 (0.5 decimal) in the other eye. If corrective lenses are worn, an uncorrected acuity in each eye of at least 3/60 (0.05 decimal) is needed. All Group 2 drivers must also meet all the Group 1 visual acuity standards as outlined above. Where glasses are worn to meet the minimum standard for driving, they should have a corrective power of no more than plus eight (+8) dioptres.