March 21, 2011 20:00 ET

Swinton Warns Motorists About Missing Regular Eye Tests

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Swinton is warning UK motorists to ensure they have regular eye tests so that their vision meets strict DVLA requirements.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of cheap car insurance surveyed 1,200 online customers, which revealed that 34% had not had an eye test in over four years, leaving them susceptible to having their driving licence withdrawn.

The legal requirements state that a motorist should be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20 meters for vehicles displaying the new type of registration plate, or 20.5 meters for vehicles displaying the old style number plate. A motorist who cannot read a number plate from these distances, using corrective lenses or glasses if necessary is breaking the law and could end up having their licence revoked.

The survey also revealed that:
  • 26% not visited an optician for between four and six years
  • 14% between six and eight years
  • 10% between eight and ten years
  • 6% over 10 years.

Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton said, "Although there is no legal obligation to have a regular eye test, it is a legal requirement to be able to read a number plate from a distance of least 20 meters. Motorists who cannot do this are putting their life and the lives of other motorists in jeopardy. Motorists who drive with poor eyesight also increase their chances of having an accident, which will lead to a costly car insurance claims and a possible increase in future car insurance premiums."

About Swinton
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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