Eye Tests: Drivers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30 November 2017.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport) 12:00, 30 November 2017

We could do something very practical: we could get the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to remind drivers of the importance of good eyesight in the letter that it sends to them when their licences are renewed. We will certainly be doing that. As for the issue of road signage, too much signage poses a risk: evidence from Highways England, which consulted road users, suggests that the more of it there is, the less notice people take of it. We need to be careful about just how much signage we put on our roads, and to concentrate on the vital messages that are central to safety and good advice.